Amulet of Mut and Khonsu

Egyptian
Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21–24
1070–760 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1829

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Mut, a fertility goddess, was the patroness of the city of Thebes and the consort of the god Amen-Ra. She is pictured as a woman wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. This amulet of pale, olive-green faience shows her seated and holding her son, the infant god Khonsu, in her lap. There is no loop for supension.

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