Mould-made amuletic figure in glazed composition, representing probably Shu or Heh, kneeling on a small rectangular base, leaning against a small back pillar; raised hands above his head, holding a gold nwb-sign (Heh) or with sun-disk (Shu); features relatively crude, without being too schematic; pillar pierced widthwise, for suspension, at head level (slightly broken); light turquoise glaze, quite decayed and worn out; pale yellow finely porous core; almost complete, eroded surface.
- Production date
- 6thC BC - 2ndC BC
Height: 2.10 centimetres
Thickness: 1.20 centimetres
Width: 1.15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Several of these amulets were discovered in Naukratis, almost all being quite to very schematic. Therefore it is often difficult to identify properly the deity represented. His attitude, kneeling with his hands raised on both sides of his head, relates to the gods Shu or Heh (on both types of amulets: Andrews 1994, 19 and 88-89; Herrmann et al. 2010, 51-52, type 20). Since their iconography can be very close, Herrmann prefers to not decide between both deities (Herrmann 2006, 88-92, Pl. XX-XXII). Such amulets are very common on Late Period settlements (Masson forthcoming).
For a close parallel from Naurkatis, badly preserved: Oxford, Ashmolean Museum AN1896-1908-EA.853.
Andrews, C. 1994, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, London.
Herrmann, C. 2006, Ägyptische Amulette aus Palästina/Israel Band III (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, Series Archaeologica 24), 2006.
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, Le quartier des prêtres sur la rive est du Lac Sacré à Karnak.
- Not on display
- Rather fair
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: AN1896-1908-EA.620 (Accession Number)