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Amulet of Khnum or Harsaphes (Heryshef)

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This amulet of pale yellowish-green glazed faience depicts a ram-headed male deity standing and walking forward. Egypt, and later Nubia, had multiple ram gods and it is often difficult to identify which one is intended. This god may therefoe be Khnum, the patron deity of Elephantine (modern...

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Provenance

From Giza, Pit G 7540 X-II, in debris. 1927: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Width x height: 1.1 x 4.3 cm (7/16 x 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.1979

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets