Amulet of Thoth

Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza


Height: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

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 is made of lapis lazuli. The god was shown sriding forward but the forward leg is now missing.


From Giza. 1929: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: April 24, 1929)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition