Amulet of Nefertum

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Debris of chamber of rock tomb G 7813 Z

Dimensions

Overall: 1 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm (3/8 x 1 3/4 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

31.1861

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. This amulet is made of light blue glazed faience shows the god standing.

Provenance

From Giza, debris of chamber of rock tomb G 7813 Z. 1931: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: december 14, 2004)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition