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Neith fetish amulet

Late Period, Dynasty 26–30
664–332 B.C.


Overall: 1.1 x 0.6 x 0.4 cm (7/16 x 1/4 x 3/16 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



This Neith fetish amulet is modeled in the round and has incised details all around. It is bored lengthwise. Light-colored, translucent carnelian.

This amulet is the emblem of the ancient war goddess of the Delta region, Neith. The emblem consists of a very stylized pair of bows tied together. Since Neith was one of the four goddesses who protected the organs of the dead, amulets like this one were believed to offer protection and power to the deceased.


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.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way