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Amulet with a Stylized Figure of Heh, the God of Eternity

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Funerary Gallery 3, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The three metal amulets in this case are highly stylized versions of a common Middle Kingdom motif: a kneeling figure of Heh, the god of eternity, holding two hieroglyphs for “year.” These objects reflect Sa-Inher’s wish to live forever.
MEDIUM Electrum
  • Place Excavated: Tomb D303, Abydos, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty 13
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 7/16 x 3/8 in. (1.1 x 1 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small silver (?) electrum pendant from a necklace. Probably a highly conventionalized version of the well-known amulet of a seated figure in a frame of the sky supported by "was" pillars. Suspension loop on reverse. Condition: Good, metal slightly discolored.
    CAPTION Amulet with a Stylized Figure of Heh, the God of Eternity, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Electrum, 7/16 x 3/8 in. (1.1 x 1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 13.1035. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.13.1035_13.1036_13.1037_mummychamber.jpg)
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