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Aegis amulet

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An aegis is a broad collar topped by the head of a deity, in this case a lioness goddess, either Bastet or Tefnut, crowned with a solar disk and uraeus. It is pierced for suspension. Amulets of this type were intended to offer protection to the wearer and avert potential dangers.


From Egypt, Tell Nabasha. 1886, excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 24, 1887. (Accession date: June 24, 1887)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription



Tell Nabasha, Egypt


Overall: 4 x 4 cm (1 9/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets