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Neith fetish amulet

This amulet of ltranslucent carnelian is the emblem of the ancient war goddess of the Delta region, Neith. The emblem consists of a very stylized pair of bows tied together. Since Neith was one of the four goddesses who protected the organs of the dead, amulets like this one were believed to...

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Provenance

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. (Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26–30, 664–332 B.C.

Accession Number

72.846

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets