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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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Provenance

Luigi Vassalli Collection (1812-1887); by 1957: Horace L. Mayer Collection; 1957: given to the MFA by Horace L. Mayer. (Accession date: April 1, 1957)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer

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

Dimensions

Length: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

57.509

Medium or Technique

Stone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets