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Amulet
Date Made/Found: probably 664-525 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: 55 x 20 x 20mm (2 3/16 x 13/16 x 13/16in.)
Place Object Found: Thebes
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J7.10.75.57
This ancient Egyptian amulet is shaped like a papyrus stem. It was meant to give the wearer eternal youth and protection in the afterlife. At a person's funeral the amulet would be placed on their neck after reciting words from the Book of the Dead.

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.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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