Shen amulet of Reniseneb

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111

This carnelian and gold shen amulet was found near the neck of Reniseneb's mummy along with a necklace of obsidian and gold (26.7.1349). Also on the mummy were a faience hippopotamus (26.7.898) and a mirror with an ebony handle decorated with gold inlay (26.7.1351) that records his name and the judicial title "Great One of the Southern Tens." Reniseneb's mummy also had a mask with a gilded face. Although Reniseneb was buried with only a few grave goods, the quality of these objects and the materials used indicate that he was a prosperous man of some importance.

Shen amulet of Reniseneb, Gold, carnelian

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