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Aegis of Isis

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Early Egyptologists with a Classical background often drew on vocabulary from Greek mythology to describe Egyptian antiquities for which a suitable term was lacking. They borrowed the word aegis, which refers to the shield or breastplate of Athena, for religious or cult objects shaped like a...

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By 1931: Ellen Day Hale collection, Washington, D.C.; 1931: purchased by the MFA from Ellen Day Hale. (Accession Date: April 1, 1931)

Credit Line

Adelia Cotton Williams Fund

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22, 945–712 B.C.

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Height x width x depth: 27.5 x 19.2 x 29.3 cm (10 13/16 x 7 9/16 x 11 9/16 in.);

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze with inlays of electrum, silver, and bronze


The Ancient World


Religious and cult objects