Amuletic figure in glazed composition, representing Isis; only head preserved. Description from Boston records: 'High crown on the head, which is broken off just below the chin. Perfect pale green glaze, sharply defined features. Long ringlelty hair. Excellent preservation'.
- Production date
- 6thC BC (?)
Height: 1.50 centimetres
Width: 0.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Isis - and particularly featured as Isis nursing - is a goddess relatively well-represented at Naukratis with some figures and amulets made of bronze or glaze composition (Masson forthcoming).
On Isis amulets see: Andrews 1994, 48-49, fig. 18; Herrmann et al. 2010, 30-32 (types 4-5).
Considering its context of discovery, this amulet which is now deaccessioned should be dated to the 26th dynasty. However, the registers of the Museum of Fine Arts tend to allocate the Scarab Factory as a findspot for not only scarabs, scaraboids and their moulds, but also all types of amulets from Naukratis. Caution is therefore required for the dating and the findspot. Let's note that the records written (or at least supervised) by Amelia Edwards mention the Scarab Factory as the findspot too.
Andrews, C. 1994, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, London.
Herrmann, C., Staubli, T., Berger-Lober, S., Keel, O., Schönbächler, G. 2010, 1001 Amulett : altägyptischer Zauber, monotheisierte Talismane, säkulare Magie, Bibel+Orient-Museum, Liebefeld, Stuttgart.
Masson, A. forthcoming, ‘Naukratis: Egyptian offerings in context’, in M. Bergeron and A. Masson (eds.), Naukratis in Context II: Cults, Sanctuaries and Offerings. Proceedings of the Second Naukratis Project Workshop held at The British Museum, 22nd-23rd June 2013.
- Not on display
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: P.5238 (Pottery & Porcelain Ledger No.)
Miscellaneous number: RES.86.300 (Accession Number)