Amulet of Khnum or Harsaphes (Heryshef)

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Amasis
570–526 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7757 A, in N.room I .

Dimensions

Overall: 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

29.2560

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This well-made amulet of pale blue-green glazed faience depicts a ram-headed male deity standing and walking forward. Egypt, and later Nubia, had multiple ram gods and it is often difficult to identify which one is intended. This god may therefoe 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.

Provenance

From Giza, Pit G 7757 A, (tomb of Kheperre) in N.room I . 1929 : excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition