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Amulet of Nefertum

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The Memphite god Nefertum was associated with the myth of creation, in which the newborn sun god emerged from a blue lotus. Nefertum is shown in human form wearing a short kilt, lappet wig amf headdress in the form of a lotus. This amulet is made of light blue glazed faience shows the god standing.

Provenance

From Giza, debris of chamber of rock tomb G 7813 Z. 1931: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession date: december 14, 2004)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 1 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm (3/8 x 1 3/4 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

31.1861

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets