Amulet of Thoth

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7524 A.

Dimensions

Height: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

29.1526

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

As the god of scribes, Thoth played a vital role in the weighing of the heart after death, and therefore he became a popular subject forfunerary amulets. He is typically shown as a standing man in a short kilt, with the head of an ibis. This amulet is made of faience, but the glaze has decayed. The right arm is now missing. There is a suspension ring on the back.

Provenance

From Giza, G 7524 A. 1929: 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.

(Accession date: April 24, 1929)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition