Amulet of Khnum or Harsaphes (Heryshef)

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

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7750 x, debris of pit


Overall: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



This amulet of pale blue 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.


From Giza: Pit G 7750X, debris of pit . 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition