Amulet of Thoth

Late Period, Dynasty 30
380–332 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Tanis (San el-Hagar)


Height: 7.4 cm (2 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



As the god of scribes, Thoth played a vital role in the weighing of the heart after death, and therefore he became a popular subject forfunerary amulets. He is typically shown as a standing man in a short kilt, with the head of an ibis. This amulet, which forms a set with objects 85.533, 85.535, 85.536 and 85.537, is made of faience with dull black glaze. The front of the pedestal is broken. The back pillar is pierced with a hole for suspension.


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