Mould-made amulet in glazed composition, in the shape of a bird, likely an ibis, bird associated with Thoth; neck is thin and set at an angle to the body; tail and feet in open-work; broken suspension loop pierced widthways on back; turquoise glaze still visible; head broken off. The glaze and coarse but hard core are unlike the majority of the glazed composition amulets from Naukratis.
- Production date
- 6thC BC (?)
Height: 1.80 centimetres
Length: 2.60 millimetres
Depth: 0.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Considering its context of discovery, it 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.
Amulets of Thoth in his ibis-shape have a more funerary connotation (on the link between ibis amulets and Thoth recording the result of the judgement of the deceased: Andrews 1994, 27, 49; on various amulets of ibis: Herrmann et al. 2010, 106).
On the variety of amulets discovered in Naukratis: Masson forthcoming.
A better preserved example in glazed composition from Tell Dafana: BM 1887,0101.1306.
Andrews, C.A.R. 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
- Quite poor, incomplete
- Acquisition date
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Eg.Inv.3900 (Egyptian inventory number)
Miscellaneous number: P.5269 (Pottery & Porcelain Ledger No.)
Miscellaneous number: RES.86.324 (Accession Number)