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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 lapis lazuli, and the feather is now missing. There is a...

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Provenance

By 1935: Mrs. Charles B. Perkins collection; 1935: purchased by the MFA from Mrs. Charles B. Perkins.* (Accession date: January 10, 1935) Four amulets, 35.22-35.25, were purchased as a group for $50.

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund

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

Dimensions

Height: 2.6 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number

35.22

Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets