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Amulet of Maat

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The goddess Maat personified justice, truth and proper world order. She is portrayed in amulets like this one as a seated or squatting woman with a single feather (the hieroglyph for her name) on her head. This example is made of mottled blue and gray stone, possibly lapis lazuli. There is a...

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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period or Late Period, Dynast, 959–332 B.C.

Dimensions

Height: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1320

Medium or Technique

Stone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets