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Amulet of Amen

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This crudely made, light blue glazed amulet represents Amen, the god of Thebes who became Egypt's supreme deity. He is shown as a human male, wearing a kilt and a tall, feathered headdress. There is a hole through the headdress for stringing. Such amulets were believed to offer the wearer some...

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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)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period–Hellenistic Period (Pt, 1070–30 B.C.


Height: 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets