Winged Isis pectoral

Napatan Period, reign of Amaninatakelebte
538–519 B.C.

Findspot: Sudan (Nubia), Nuri, Pyramid 10


Height x length: 6.9 x 17 cm (2 11/16 x 6 11/16 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



Chased gold pectoral representing the winged goddess Isis, shown kneeling with wings outstretched. In her right hand, she holds an ankh, the symbol for “life”; in her left hand she holds what may be the hieroglyph for a sail, the symbol for the breath of life. On her head is a throne, the hierogyph for her name.


From Nuri, pyramid 10 (tomb of Amaninatakelebte). 1916: excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the division of finds with the government of Sudan.
(Accession date: March 1, 1920)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition