Amulet of Shu

Late Period, Dynasty 26
688–525 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, in debris on top of mastaba G 7540


Overall: 1.8 x 1 cm (11/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed Faience

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



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 rather crude example is made of light green glazed faience.


From Egypt, Giza, in debris on top of mastaba G 7540. 1928: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: January 20, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition