Amulet of Selkit (Serket)

Late Period, Dynasty 30
380–332 B.C.


Height x width: 6 x 1.6 cm (2 3/8 x 5/8 in.)

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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 example, made of greenish blue glazed faience, is broken at the thighs and the lower part is now missing. There is a suspension ring at the top of the head and incised hieroglyphic text on the back.


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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way