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Aegis amulet

An aegis is a broad collar topped by the head of a deity. In this case the head has broken off. Amulets of this type were intended to offer protection to the wearer and avert potential dangers.

Provenance

1921: 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,

Dimensions

Overall: 5.3 x 0.6 x 3.8 cm (2 1/16 x 1/4 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

21.11947

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets