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Amulet of a uraeus cobra

This amulet of a uraeus serpent has incised lines on front, the back is flat and plain. There is a ring for suspension at the top. It is made of translucent, polished carnelian. There is a piece broken off from lower part and missing.


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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way


Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets