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Amulet of Thoth

As the god of scribes, Thoth played a vital role in the weighing of the heart after death, and therefore he became a popular subject forfunerary amulets. He is typically shown as a standing man in a short kilt, with the head of an ibis. This amulet is made of faience with a blue-green glaze.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. South), pyramid 23. 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 Sudan. (Accession date: January 11, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, , reign of Malowiebamani to Tala, 435–431 B.C.

Findspot

Beg. South, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.12033

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets