Amulet of Nefertum

Egyptian
Third Intermediate Period–Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
1070–332 B.C.


Place of Origin: Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1926

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

The Memphite god Nefertum was associated with the myth of creation, in which the newborn sun god emerged from a blue lotus. Nefertum is shown in human form wearing a short kilt, lappet wig amf headdress in the form of a lotus. This amulet is made of deep green blue with a wig of dark purple. There is a suspension ring at the back of the headdress. Part of lotus headdress has chipped off and the amulet is broken at the knees. The lower part is now missing.

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