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Amulet of Shu

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During the Late Period, amulets of the god of air, Shu, were often placed in the mummy wrappings on the torso of the deceased. He is shown kneeling, with his arms raised to support the heavens and the solar disc above his head. This example is made of blue glazed faience.

Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, G 7100, mastaba 7120. 1924: 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: January 14, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, 688–525 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.3089

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets