blue-green glazed faience amulet of the Eye Goddess, the “Eye of Ra”, represented winged, lioness-headed and wearing the Solar disk with the uraeus; the wings bend sharply downward, and on each arm is an uraeus with horns and the Solar disk. From the Pyramid (pyramid 51) of a Queen of King Piankhy (ca. 743–712 BCE), Royal Necropolis of Napata, Kush (Nubia). Now in the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston…..
Nubian pyramids are pyramids that were built by the rulers of the Kushite (centered on Napata and Meroe) and Egyptian kingdoms. Prior to the Kushites building these pyramids (which are located in modern day Sudan), there had been no pyramid construction in Egypt and the Nile Valley for more than 500 years.
The area of the Nile valley known as Nubia, which lies within present day Sudan, was home to three Kushite kingdoms during antiquity. The first had its capital at Kerma (2600–1520 BC). The second was centered on Napata (1000–300 BC). Finally, the last kingdom was centered on Meroë (300 BC–AD 300).
Approximately 255 pyramids were eventually constructed at three sites in Nubia over a period of a few hundred years to serve as tombs for the kings and queens of Napata and Meroë. The first of these was built at the site of el-Kurru, including the tombs of King Kashta and his son Piye(Piankhi), together with Piye’s successors Shabaka, Shabataka, and Tanwetamani. Fourteen pyramids were constructed for their queens, several of whom were renowned warrior queens.
Nubian Hathor-Headed Magic Crystal Amulet, 743-712 BC
From the Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), found at el-Kurru, Sudan. The crystal ball amulet is surmounted by a gold head of Hathor crowned with disc and horns. The ball is bored vertically and has a gold disc at the base on which it stands. This probably used to contain substances believed to have magical properties.
Piye was a Kushite king and founder of the 25th Dynasty who ruled Egypt from 753/752 BC to c. 722 BC. He ruled from the city of Napata, located deep in Nubia, modern-day Sudan. Piye was the father of Taharqa, who would go on to be the most prosperous ruler of the 25th Dynasty due in large part to the successful campaigns of his father.