Amulet of a trussed ox
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Length: 1.9 x 3.5 cm (3/4 x 1 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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, symbolizing blood or flesh. In this example, part of the legs and one horn are missing.
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.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way