Amulet of Hatmehyt

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, St. 7400

Dimensions

Height x width: 2.5 x 0.9 cm (1 x 3/8 in.), thickness 1.25cm

Accession Number

25.1869

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

The goddess Hatmehyt, “Foremost of the Fishes”, was the patron goddess of the city of Mendes. She is portrayed as a human woman wearing a heavy wig, with a fish on her head and hanging down her back. In this example, the head is missing.

Provenance

From Giza. St. 7400. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: January 19, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition