Amulet of Khnum or Harsaphes (Heryshef)

Egyptian
Late Period–Roman Imperial Period
760 B.C.–A.D. 320


Dimensions

Height: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.4168

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet 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. Only the head and upper torso remain, and most of the glaze is missing.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition