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Shu Amulet

Period:
Late Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 26–30
Date:
664–332 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
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:
04.2.372
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127
Shu
Faience
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.
Collection of Judge Elbert E. Farman, formed when he was U.S. consul general in Egypt 1876–84. Donated to the museum by Darius Ogden Mills, New York, in 1904.

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