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Group of 4 Amulets of Djedmutesankh: Cobra, Vulture, Heart, and Djed Pillar

Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 21
ca. 1070–945 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 60, Chamber B, Burial of Djedmutesankh (5), MMA excavations, 1923–24
Sheet gold
a: h. 2.3 cm (7/8 in); w. 2.2 cm (7/8 in); b: h. 1.9 cm (3/4 in); w. 1.5 cm (9/16 in); c: h. 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in); w. 1.4 cm (9/16 in); d: h. 1.3 cm (1/2 in); w. 1 cm (3/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
Found strung around the neck of the Lady Djedmutesankh, a wife or daughter of the High Priest of Amun, these four amulets may have served as a magical charm. From right to left, they read: "Mut (the vulture goddess) says, 'may her heart endure." It has been suggested that they also form a pun on her name, which can be translated as "Mut says, 'may she live.'"

For other objects found in the burial of Djedmutesankh, see 25.3.1-.3; .24; .27; .154a-d; and .167-.170.
Museum excavations 1923–24. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.

Aston, David 2009. Burial Assemblages of Dynasty 21–25: Chronology – Typology – Developments. Contributions to the chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean, vol. 21, Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, 56. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, p. 199.

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