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Sa Amulet

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 11
Date:
ca. 2051–1981 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Mentuhotep II, North Triangular Court, Pit 23 (tattooed woman), found on body, MMA excavations, 1922–23
Medium:
Silver, electrum
Dimensions:
H. 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in); w. 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in); th. 0.1 cm (1/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.3.253
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 105
This "sa" amulet was found in the same tomb with a "seweret" bead (25.3.252) and a wooden box (25.3.255a–c). The "sa" amulet extends protection to the wearer, whether in life or death.
Museum excavations 1922–23. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 162, 230.

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