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Amulet of an Ankh

A work made of low-fired earthenware or stucco.
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  • A work made of low-fired earthenware or stucco.


Third Intermediate Period–Late Period (1070–332 BCE)



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Small-scale Egyptian figurines, known as amulets, were thought to promote health and good luck. Amulets were such an important part of Egyptian 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 deceased’s rebirth and well-being in the afterlife. Many varieties of amulets survive, including figures of deities, parts of the human (or divine) body, animals, plants, and objects of daily life. The ankh symbol, which represents a sandal strap, was the hieroglyph for “life.” It is among the most common amulets because of the Egyptians’ desire for eternal life after death.


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Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Amulet of an Ankh


Egypt (Object made in)

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1070 BCE–332 BCE


Low-fired earthenware or stucco


4 × 2 × 0.5 cm (1 5/8 × 3/4 × 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, Robert H. Fleming, and Norman W. Harris

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