Amulet of Selkit (Serket)

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 30
380–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1316

Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Selkit was one of the four goddesses believed to protect the dead in the afterlife. She also served to protect the living against scorpion bites. In amulets, she appears as a human woman, stading and wearing a scorpion on her head. This amulet of lapis lazuli has a hole at 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