Amulet of Maat

Third Intermediate Period or Late Period, Dynast
959–332 B.C.


Height: 2.6 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



The goddess Maat personified justice, truth and proper world order. She is portrayed in amulets like this one as a seated or squatting woman with a single feather (the hieroglyph for her name) on her head. This example is made of mottled lapis lazuli, and the feather is now missing. There is a ring on the back for suspension, but the amulet has been mounted on a modern gold pin.


By 1935: Mrs. Charles B. Perkins collection; 1935: purchased by the MFA from Mrs. Charles B. Perkins.*
(Accession date: January 10, 1935)

Four amulets, 35.22-35.25, were purchased as a group for $50.

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund