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Amulet
Date Made/Found: 664-332 BC
Collector: Collected by Reverend Greville John Chester , British, 1830 - 1892
Donor: Reverend Greville John Chester , British, 1830 - 1892
Material and Medium: Faience
Dimensions: Overall: 70 x 15 x 4mm (2 3/4 x 9/16 x 3/16in.)
Place Object Found: Egypt
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J7.10.75.75
This ancient Egyptian amulet is of Hapy, one of the sons of the god Horus. Hapy is shown as a mummiform figure with the head of a baboon.

People wore amulets as jewellery over their clothing and attached them to mummy wrappings after death for protection. Amulets came in many shapes, sizes and materials. Some, like scarab beetles, were linked to rebirth.

Hapy is often featured on the lids of canopic jars. These jars were used to hold embalmed internal organs. The liver, lungs, intestines and stomach were removed from the body during the process of mummification and were preserved. Sometimes they were put back inside the body but usually they were stored in separate canopic jars. The jars were placed in the tomb, alongside the body in its coffin. Hapy protected the mummified lungs.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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