Amulet of a head of a panther

Egyptian


Dimensions

Length x width: 2.2 x 2.5 cm (7/8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

72.4017

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of a panther’s head is bright blue with some discolored green areas. The back is flat, it is incrusted with brown and there are two holes for suspension, one at the forehead and one at the nose. The faience has a thick glassy glaze.

The New Kingdom (1570-1070 B.C.) saw a great flowering of the jeweler’s art as improvements in the manufacture of faience (a quartz bodied ceramic) combined with the invention of glass-making to produce a dazzling variety of ornaments in new forms and colors.

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