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centuriespast: Amulets of a winged goddess NubianNapatan…

centuriespast:

Amulets of a winged goddess

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

Findspot: el-Kurru, Nubia(Sudan)

Amulets like these were found in the burials of early Napatan queens. Made of blue-green glazed faience, they depict a nude, winged, 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 the goddess is uncertain. A hieroglyphic inscription runs down the back.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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