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Amulet Representing Two Fingers

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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 Period
DIMENSIONS 3/8 x 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. (1 x 2.2 x 8.3 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 74.158
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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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
IMAGE front, 74.158_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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