Ram-headed aegis amulet

Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
743–712 B.C.

Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, el-Kurru, Ku 53


Overall: 7.4 x 6.8 x 1.5 cm (2 15/16 x 2 11/16 x 9/16 in.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Drents Museum, Assen, The Netherlands, December 15, 2018 – May 5, 2019


Jewelry, The Ancient World



An aegis is a broad collar topped by the head of a deity, in this case the god Amen-Ra in the form of a ram crowned with a solar disk and uraeus. Amulets of this type were intended to offer protection to the wearer and avert potential dangers. On the reverse is a debased hieroglyphic inscription.


From el-Kurru, Ku 53 (tomb of Queen Tabiry). 1919: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession date: January 1, 1924)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition