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Amulet of Shu

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This amulet of Shu is shown in the customary pose kneeling with his arms upraised to support the heavens with a solar disc above his head. It is a rather crude example. During the Late Period, amulets of the god of air, Shu, were often placed in the mummy wrappings on the torso of the deceased.

Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7762 S, small body in coffin, on breast, 1929: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston 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 26, 688–525 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 0.9 x 1.5 cm (3/8 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

29-12-240d2

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets