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Amulet of Nehebkau

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This amulet of highly polsihed green faience represents the snake god Nehebkau, a chthonic god who later became associated with the afterlife. He is shown as a rearing serpent with human arms. There is a suspension ring on the back of the head.

Provenance

1984: given to the MFA by Mrs. Samuel D. Warren. (Accession date: October 1, 1894)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21–24, 1070–754 B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

94.259

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets