Winged goddess pectoral

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

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 52 (Tomb of Nefrukekashta)


Height x width x depth: 8.9 x 5.2 x 0.6 cm (3 1/2 x 2 1/16 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Amulets like this one were found in the burials of early Napatan queens. Made of blue glazed faience, this amulet portrays a standing, lion-headed goddess with outstretched wings. She stands facing the right, wearing a sheath dress, long wig, and crown topped with a solar disc and uraeus. On each of her arms stands a rearing uraeus cobra wearing a royal crown.


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.
(Accession date: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition