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EA1524

An Egyptian Carnelian Hand amulet, New Kingdom, 1539-1077 BC

Small-scale Egyptian figurines, known as amulets, were thought to promote health and good luck. Amulets were such an important part ofEgyptian religious beliefs that they were worn by both the living and the dead. They could be mounted on rings or strung as bracelets or necklaces and were placed among the mummy wrappings to secure the deceasedÕs rebirth and well-being in the afterlife. There are many varieties of amulets, including figures of deities, parts of the human (ordivine) body, animals, plants, and objects of daily life. The hand and wrist were thought to provide the deceased dexterity in the afterlife. A few examples of these types of amulets have been found on the wrists of mummies.

Dimensions:Height: Overall: 3/8 x 11/16 in. (1 x 1.7 cm)

Condition:Intact and in excellent condition overall

Provenance:Private NY collection, acquired from Bernheimer Antiques, Cambridge MA in early 1980's thereafter on loan to the Michael C Carlos Museum, Emory University, from 2011 - 2015, loan number: L1998.062.107

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