Amulet of Thoth

Nubian
Napatan Period, , reign of Malowiebamani to Tala
435–431 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Beg. South, Pyramid XXIII

Dimensions

Height: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.12033

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 with a blue-green glaze.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. South), pyramid 23. 1921: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

(Accession date: January 11, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition