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Amulet of Thoth

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7661 A

Dimensions

Height: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

29.1498

Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

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.

Provenance

From Giza, G 7661 A, room VII. 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