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Amulet depicting the goddess Bat

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The Egyptians wore amulets both as jewelry and as protective devices to avert the many threats they faced in daily existence, such as illness, injury, and attack by an animal. Although the repertoire of amulets increased in scope as time progressed, a considerable variety was available even in...

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From Naga el-Hai (Qena), tomb K 128. 1912–13: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1913: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada IIc–d2 (Gerzean) 3650–3300 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Naga el-Hai (Qena), Egypt


Overall: 1.5 x 0.8 cm (9/16 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets