Amulet of Shu

Late Period, Dynasty 26
688–525 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Tanis (San el-Hagar)


Height x width x depth: 5.5 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm (2 3/16 x 1 1/4 x 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



During the Late Period, amulets of the god of air, Shu, were often placed in the mummy wrappings on the torso of the deceased. He is shown kneeling, with his arms raised to support the heavens and the solar disc above his head. This example is made of pale blue-green glazed faience.

It comprises a set with objects 85.533-85.536.


From Tanis (San el-Hagar). 1884: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; October 28, 1885: presented to the MFA at EEF general meeting.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1885)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription