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Amulet of Shu

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 green glazed faience.

Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, pit G 7765 in radim of room I. 1929: 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.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 1.7 x 1 cm (11/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

29.2823

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets