Amulet of ram-headed god

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Height: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number

29.1416

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of blue glazed faience depicts a ram-headed male deity standing and walking forward. Egypt had multiple ram gods and it is often difficult to identify which one is intended. This god may be Khnum, the patron deity of Elephantine (modern Aswan) or Harsaphes, the patron of Heracleopolis. In either case, amulets of this type were placed in burials to assist the rebirth of the deceased in the afterlife.

Provenance

From Giza: G 7652A, Room VIII [Excav. date] April 28,1929. Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition