Winged goddess pectoral
Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), El-Kurru, Ku 51
Length x width: 8.5 × 6.2 cm (3 3/8 × 2 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Amulets like this one were found in the burials of early Napatan queens. Made of blue-green glazed faience, they depict a nude, winged, lion-headed goddess crowned with a sun disc and uraeus. The wings bend sharply downward, and on each arm is a uraeus crowned with horns and a sun disc. The identity of he goddess is uncertain. A hieroglyphic inscription runs down the back.
From el-Kurru, Ku 51 (unidentified queen of 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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition