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Amulet of Harsaphes (Heryshef)

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The town of Ihnasya el-Medina, capital of Lower Egypt in the First Intermediate Period, returned to prominence in the Third Intermediate Period when it was the seat of a local king named Neferkara Peftjawybast. An ancient inscription now in the Cairo Museum states that he collaborated with the...

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From Ihnasya el-Medina (Herakleoplis Magna), hyposytyle hall of temple. 1903-1904: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; 1905, presented to the MFA by the EEF. (Accession date: January 1, 1905)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dyn. 23, Neferkara Pe, 740–725 B.C.

Object Place

Ihnasya el-Medina (Herakeolpolis Magna), Egypt


Height x width x depth: 6 x 0.7 x 1.7 cm (2 3/8 x 1/4 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cast gold


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets