Amulet of Khnum or Harsaphes (Heryshef)

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


Findspot: Egypt, Nag el-Mashayikh, Tomb 2502

Dimensions

Height: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

12.1324

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of pale blue glazed faience depicted a ram-headed male deity standing and walking forward. Egypt had multiple ram gods and it is often difficult to identify which one is intended. This god may be Khnum, the patron deity of Elephantine (modern Aswan) or Harsaphes, the patron of Heracleopolis. In either case, amulets of this type were placed in burials to assist the rebirth of the deceased in the afterlife. There is a hole at the back for suspension. The bottom half of the amulet is missing.

Provenance

From Nag el-Mashayikh, tomb 2502. 1912: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: December 5, 1912)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition