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Amulet of Hatmehyt

The goddess Hatmehyt, "Foremost of the Fishes", was the patron goddess of the city of Mendes. She is portrayed as a human woman wearing a heavy wig, with a fish on her head and hanging down her back. In this example, the head is missing.


From Giza. St. 7400. 1925: 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. (Accession date: January 19, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Height x width: 2.5 x 0.9 cm (1 x 3/8 in.), thickness 1.25cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets