Amulet of Maat

Egyptian
Third Intermediate Period or Late Period, Dynast
959–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 2.6 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number

35.22

Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

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 mottled lapis lazuli, and the feather is now missing. There is a ring on the back for suspension, but the amulet has been mounted on a modern gold pin.

Provenance

By 1935: Mrs. Charles B. Perkins collection; 1935: purchased by the MFA from Mrs. Charles B. Perkins.*
(Accession date: January 10, 1935)

Four amulets, 35.22-35.25, were purchased as a group for $50.

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund