Aegis amulet

Egyptian
Late Period
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Other: 2.7 x 7.4 cm (1 1/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

12.606

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Bronze aegis of Bastet, at top of the broad collar is the head of a lioness goddess either Bastet or Tefnut, crowned with disk and uraeus, and a head of Osiris(?) wearing a crown; below the broad collar hangs a piece shaped like a garment; on which is an incised border and figures of Bastet (crowned), and a fish; ring at back for suspension; has been over-cleaned.
An aegis is a broad collar topped by the head of a deity, in this case a lioness godess, either Bastet or Tefnut, crowned with a solar disk and uraeus. Amulets of this type were intended to offer protection to the wearer and avert potential dangers.

Provenance

Gift of the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes, through Miss Sarah H. Blanchard

Credit Line

Gift from the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes