Amulet of Min

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


Height: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)

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Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Amulets of the fertility god Min were probably intended to impart his virility and procreative powers to the wearer or to bring about rebirth in the afterlife. Min is portrayed as an ithyphallic mummy wearing a tall feathered crown. He supports a flail with his upraised right arm. This example is made of greenish faience with a rough surface and brown encrustation. The back is flat and there was originally a ring at the top for suspension, which is now missing.


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.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way