Amulet Representing Two Fingers
A detailed likeness of the index and second fingers of the right hand was one of the many amulets placed on the mummy. This amulet was meant to close the incision through which the embalmers removed internal organs from the body prior to mummification. Remains of the resin used during embalming are still visible between these fingers. In addition to offering protection, an amulet of this shape was meant to help the deceased function better in the afterlife.
- Culture: Ptolemaic
- Medium: Obsidian
- Dates: 332-30 B.C.
- Period: Ptolemaic
- Dimensions: 3/8 x 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. (1 x 2.2 x 8.3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 74.158
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Ptolemaic. Amulet Representing Two Fingers, 332-30 B.C. Obsidian, 3/8 x 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. (1 x 2.2 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 74.158. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (80%)