Ram-headed crystal pendant
Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), El-Kurru, Ku 55 (tomb of unknown queen of Piye)
Height: 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gilded silver; rock crystal
Not On View
In this unusual amulet, a gilt silver ram’s head sits on a hollow octagonal crystal column. It originally inculded a cylindrical gold amulet case and base, which are now missing. The column was probably designed to hold a substance believed to have magical properties.
From El-Kurru, Ku 55 (an unnamed queen of king Piankhy). 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: March 1, 1919)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition