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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 rather crude example is made of blue-green glazed faience.


From Egypt, Giza, street G 7300, east of mastaba G 7350, west of mastaba G 7450, in radim. 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. (Accession date: December 14, 2004)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Giza, Egypt


Height x thickness x width: 2.1 x 0.7 x 1 cm (13/16 x 1/4 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed faience


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets