Amulet of Maat
Third Intermediate Period or Late Period, Dynast
Height: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The goddess Maat personified justice, truth and proper world order. She is portrayed in amulets like this one as a seated or squatting woman with a single feather (the hieroglyph for her name) on her head. This example is made of polished lapis lazuli and traces of gilding remain. There is a ring on the back for suspension.
By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession Date: June 28, 1872)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way