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Ankh amulet

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Amulet of light blue faience, glazed, in the shape of an ankh (hieroglyphic sign for "life"). Incised detiailing; upper loop component left solid, though indicated by detailing. Hole through back for suspension. Intact.

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. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 2.8 x 0.5 x 0.6 cm (1 1/8 x 3/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.2351

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets