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
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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.