Amulet of Thoth

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Rock-cut tomb G 7818 debris

Dimensions

Height: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

31.1855

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of Thoth is shown as a standing man in a short kilt with the head of an ibis. 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 for funerary amulets. The amulet is pierced from side to side at the top.

Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, rock-cut tomb G 7818, debris.1931: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition