Amulet of a trussed ox

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


Dimensions

Length: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number

02.604

Medium or Technique

Faience

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.

Provenance

1902: Given to the MFA by the estate of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren.
(Accession date: October 11, 1902)

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren