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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 the lioness godess Tefnut crowned with a solar disk and uraeus. Amulets of this type were intended to offer protection to the wearer and avert potential dangers.

Provenance

From Giza, G 7639 D, pit. Feb. 16, 1925: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

27.1104

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets