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Amulet of a trussed ox

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Most amulets of oxen with bound legs come from Late Period burials, where they were placed in the wrappings of mummies. The amulets were intended to provide sustenence for the deceased in the afterlife and to facilitate the funeral ritual. These amulets are typically made of a red material,...

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1912: gift of the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes, through Miss Sarah H. Blanchard. (Accession date: July 18, 1912)

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Gift from the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.


Overall: 2.2 x 1.5 cm (7/8 x 9/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets