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Shen amulet of Reniseneb

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12–13
ca. 1810–1700 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Birabi, pit tomb CC 25, body of Reniseneb, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1910
Gold, carnelian
h. 1.5 cm (9/16 in); w. 1.5 cm (9/16 in); th. 0.8 cm (5/16 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111
This carnelian and gold shen amulet was found near the neck of Reniseneb's mummy along with a necklace of obsidian and gold (26.7.1349). Also on the mummy were a faience hippopotamus (26.7.898) and a mirror with an ebony handle decorated with gold inlay (26.7.1351) that records his name and the judicial title "Great One of the Southern Tens." Reniseneb's mummy also had a mask with a gilded face. Although Reniseneb was buried with only a few grave goods, the quality of these objects and the materials used indicate that he was a prosperous man of some importance.
Excavated by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, Birabi, Thebes, 1910. Allotted to Lord Carnarvon by the Egyptian Government in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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