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Amulet of Min

Nubian
Meroitic Period
About A.D. 20–114


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 308

Dimensions

Height: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.795

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.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 308. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

(Accession date: January 21, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition