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EA1589

Egyptian Amulet of a Pyramid, Late Period, Dynasty 26, 664 - 525 BC

A seal amulet represents the stamp seal bearing its owners titles and name of a kind used occasionally in the Middle Kingdom and for some strange reason, it was this form, rather than the contemporary cylinder seal on which the amulet was based when it was invented in the Saite Period. The basic shape is truncated square pyramid with flared sides and suspension loop. When found on mummies, the amulet is appropriately on or at the fingers, otherwise it merely lies over the torso. Although uninscribed, a seal amulet by its very existence guaranteed the survival of the deceased's name for all eternity.

Dimensions:Height: Maximum: 1/2 x 1/2" (1.3 x 1.3 cm)

Condition:Intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance:On loan to the Michael C. Carlos museum, Emory University, Atlanta GA 1998 - 2015, loan number: L1998.062.051

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