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Carnelian. Closed fist holding cross- bar, thumb projecting down. modeled on one face; suspension ring. Perfect.


By 1935: with Mrs. Adelaide Hammond; 1935: purchased by the MFA from Mrs. Adelaide Hammond.* (Accession date: October 3, 1935) *Fourteen amulets, 35.1496-35.1509, were purchased as a group for $50.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, 2350–2170 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 1.7 x 1.3 x 0.3 cm (11/16 x 1/2 x 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets