Amulet of Shu

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26
688–525 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Height: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.1055

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

During the Late Period, amulets of the god of air, Shu, were often placed in the mummy wrappings on the torso of the deceased. He is shown kneeling, with his arms raised to support the heavens and the solar disc above his head. This example is made of blue-green glazed faience.

Provenance

From Giza, debris east of pyramid I.-b. 1924: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition