About this object

Red stone amulet in the form of a trussed ox. Carved in the round, its legs bound together. This amulet represented meat as food for sustenance. This type of amulet has been found the wrappings of mummies dating to the Late Period (664 – 332 BC); and within foundation deposits buried beneath temples from the New Kingdom (1550 – 1069 BC). These amulets are typically made of a red material, such as jasper, cornelian or glass, symbolising blood or flesh.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC – 332 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    9 mm x 15 mm x 21 mm
  • Note
    Compare with similar examples in the British Museum (EA 8343; 8344; 8346; 8347; 8349)
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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