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Foot Amulet

Old Kingdom–First Intermediate Period
Dynasty 5–8
ca. 2465–2100 B.C.
From Egypt
L. 1.7 cm (11/16 in.); w. 1.1 cm (7/16 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number:
Not on view
During the Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period, small amulets of hands (10.130.2358) and feet (10.130.2355) were commonly included in bracelets and anklets. These amulets protected the limbs and extremities of their wearers, while possibly conferring abilities such as dexterity, creative potential, or speed. Often these amulets were made of carnelian, an orange-red stone. The color, reminiscent of blood, would bring power and energy to the amulet.
Formerly in the collection of the Reverend Chauncey Murch (died 1907). Collected between 1883 and 1906 while Murch was a missionary in Egypt. Collection purchased by the Museum from the Murch family with funds provided by Helen Miller Gould, 1910.

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