Amulet of Nefertum

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Street 7200 in debris, E of G 7220

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 2.0 x 1.3 x 1.0 cm (13/16 x 1/2 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.2939

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

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. Only the headdress of this pale green faience amulet has survived.

Provenance

From Giza, street 7200 in debris,east of G 7220. 1924: 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 14, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition