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Amulet of Selkit (Serket)

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Selkit was one of the four goddesses believed to protect the dead in the afterlife. She also served to protect the living against scorpion bites. In amulets, she appears as a human woman, stading and wearing a scorpion on her head. This amulet of lapis lazuli has a hole at the back for...

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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, Late Period, Dynasty 30, 380–332 B.C.

Dimensions

Height: 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1315

Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets