Amulet of Selkit (Serket)

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


Dimensions

Height x width: 6 x 1.6 cm (2 3/8 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4068

Medium or Technique

Faience

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 example, made of greenish blue glazed faience, is broken at the thighs and the lower part is now missing. There is a suspension ring at the top of the head and incised hieroglyphic text on the back.

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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way