Fragment of Shu amulet

Egyptian
Late Period
760–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Street 7500

Dimensions

Height x width: 1.3 x 1.0 cm (1/2 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

25-2-259

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This is a fragment of the top of a Shu amulet. Flat schematic incised lines indicate profile of head and upraised arms. Broken and missing just below arm bend. Pierced through the back pillar from side to side for suspension.
During the Late Period, amulets of the god of air, Shu, were often placed in the mummy wrappings on the torso of the deceased. He is shown kneeling, with his arms raised to support the heavens and the solar disc above his head.

Provenance

From Giza, St. 7500. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition