About this artwork
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 (ordivine) body, animals, plants, and objects of daily life. The crowns of Northern and Southern Egypt are shown atop a half basket which is the hieroglyph for “all” or “lord.” Therefore, this amulet may express the wish that the deceased, as a form of Osiris, rule over all Egypt.
- Ancient Egyptian
- Amulet of the Double Crown
- 305 BCE–30 BCE
- 1.25 × 1 × 0.25 cm (1/2 × 3/8 × 1/8 in.)
- Gift of Henry H. Getty and Charles L. Hutchinson