Amulet of Min

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


Dimensions

Height: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.4050

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Amulets of the fertility god Min were probably intended to impart his virility and procreative powers to the wearer or to bring about rebirth in the afterlife. Min is portrayed as an ithyphallic mummy wearing a tall feathered crown. He supports a flail with his upraised right arm. This example is made of blue-green faience with yellow lines and spots.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way