Amulet of a trussed ox

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


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

57.509

Medium or Technique

Stone

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

Luigi Vassalli Collection (1812-1887); by 1957: Horace L. Mayer Collection; 1957: given to the MFA by Horace L. Mayer.

(Accession date: April 1, 1957)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer