Amulet of Neith
Late Period, Dynasty 26–30
Height: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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. The amulet is broken diagonally from the shoulder to the knee and the bottom part is missing. There is a hole on the back for suspension.
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.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way