Amulet of a trussed ox

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


Dimensions

Length: 1.9 x 3.5 cm (3/4 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1294

Medium or Technique

Glass

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

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.

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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way