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Amulet of Nefertum

The Memphite god Nefertum was associated with the myth of creation, in which the newborn sun god emerged from a blue lotus. Nefertum is shown in human form wearing a short kilt, lappet wig amf headdress in the form of a lotus. Only the headdress of this pale green faience amulet has survived.

Provenance

From Giza, street 7200 in debris,east of G 7220. 1924: 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 14, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 2.0 x 1.3 x 1.0 cm (13/16 x 1/2 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.2939

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets