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Amulet of Shu

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During the Late Period, amulets of the god of air, Shu, were often placed in the mummy wrappings on the torso of the deceased. He is shown kneeling, with his arms raised to support the heavens and the solar disc above his head. This example is made of white faience.

Provenance

From Tanis (San el-Hagar). 1884: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; October 28, 1885: presented to the MFA at EEF general meeting. (Accession Date: March 1, 1885)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 30 (?), 380–332 B.C.

Dimensions

Height: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

85.555

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets