Aegis amulet

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7639 D, pit.

Dimensions

Height: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

27.1104

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

An aegis is a broad collar topped by the head of a deity, in this case the lioness godess 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

From Giza, G 7639 D, pit. Feb. 16, 1925: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition