Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332 to 30 BCE. A mold-formed faience amulet of Duamutef, the jackal-headed Son of Horus, covered in layers of soft blue pigment. The right-facing Duamutef stands in profile in a mummiform pose while holding a length of linen wrappings in both hands, his canine-form head extending over the linen's bound midsection with a slender snout, one almond-shaped eye, and a singular perky ear. Biconical suspension holes behind the head and feet enabled this pendant to be attached to mummy wrappings. Along with his brothers Imsety, Hapi, and Qebehsenuef, Duamutef and the Sons of Horus were tasked with protecting the interior organs of a mummified individual. Duamutef was charged with specifically protecting the stomach, was oriented with the eastern direction, and was himself protected by the goddess Neith. Size: 0.75" W x 2.5" H (1.9 cm x 6.4 cm)
Cf. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 30.8.282
Provenance: private Toronto, Ontario, Canada collection, by descent, acquired in Egypt in 1894 to 1896
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Minor softening to some finer details along obverse, with fading to glaze pigment in scattered areas, otherwise intact and excellent. Great preservation to finer details throughout, and nice remains of glaze pigment.