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Amulet of Amen

This well-made, light blue glazed amulet represents Amen, the god of Thebes who became Egypt's supreme deity. He is shown as a standing human male, wearing a kilt and a tall, feathered headdress. There is a hole at the back for stringing. The amulet was broken at neck and mended. Such amulets...

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Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate –Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), 1070–30 B.C.

Accession Number

72.1927

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets