Double bull amulet

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26
688–525 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.2433

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This bright blue faience amulet is composed of the juxtaposed foreparts of a pair of bulls, with a solar disc abve the point at which they join. It is believed that such amulets had cosmic connotations. linking the wearer to the daily rebirth of thesun.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way