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Neith fetish amulet

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26–30
664–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width: 1.6 x 1.4 cm (5/8 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.846

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of ltranslucent carnelian is the emblem of the ancient war goddess of the Delta region, Neith. The emblem consists of a very stylized pair of bows tied together. Since Neith was one of the four goddesses who protected the organs of the dead, amulets like this one were believed to offer protection and power to the deceased.

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.
(Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way