- Late Period
- Dynasty 26–30
- 664–332 B.C.
- From Egypt
- H. 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.); W. 2.1 cm (13/16 in.); D. 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904
- Accession Number:
Shu, god of the air, is associated with the principle of life. In the Heliopolitan creation myth Shu initiated life by
raising the sky to separate it from the earth. In amulets Shu kneels with arms raised to perform this feat. Very often a sun disk is shown over his head, in allusion to the sky.