Amulet of Thoth

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7540 X-II, in debris

Dimensions

Width x height: 1.1 x 4.2 cm (7/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.1980

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 small amulet is made of faience with a faded green glaze.

Provenance

From Giza, Pit G 7540 X-II, in debris. 1927: 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: December 14, 2004)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition