Amulet of Selkit (Serket)

Late Period, Dynasty 30
380–332 B.C.


Height: 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Selkit was one of the four goddesses believed to protect the dead in the afterlife. She also served to protect the living against scorpion bites. In amulets, she appears as a human woman, stading and wearing a scorpion on her head. This amulet of lapis lazuli has a hole at the back for suspension. Part of the feet are broken off and 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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way