Amulet of Neith

Egyptian
Late Period–Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynast
664–30 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 3.9 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.1313

Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of lapis lazuli portrays a standing figure of the ancient war goddess of the Delta region, Neith. She wears a long sheath dress and her characteristic headgear, the red crown of Lower Egypt. Since Neith was one of the four goddesses who protected the organs of the dead, amulets like this one were believed to offer protection and power to the deceased. There is a hole on the back for suspension.

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