Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Hand and foot amulets, Dynasty 5–8 (ca. 2465–2100 b.c.)
    Egyptian
    Carnelian
    Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910 (foot: 10.130.2355; hand: 10.130.2358)

    During the Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period, small amulets of hands and feet 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.

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  • Hand and foot amulets, Dynasty 5–8 (ca. 2465–2100 B.C.)
    Egyptian
    Carnelian
    Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910 (foot: 10.130.2355; hand: 10.130.2358)

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