Amulet of Nefertum

Third Intermediate Period–Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
1070–332 B.C.

Place of Origin: Egypt


Height: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

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Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



The Memphite god Nefertum was associated with the myth of creation, in which the newborn sun god emerged from a blue lotus. Nefertum is shown in human form wearing a short kilt, lappet wig amf headdress in the form of a lotus. This amulet is made of deep green blue with a wig of dark purple. There is a suspension ring at the back of the headdress. Part of lotus headdress has chipped off and the amulet is broken at the knees. The lower part 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