About this object

Two fingers amulet, representing the index and middle fingers with nails and joints defined. Excellent technique. This type of amulet only appears in Late Period burials and is frequently found on the torso of mummies near the embalming incision, perhaps representing the fingers of the embalmer.

Purchased at an auction in London on 13 July 1903.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    747 BC - 332 BC about
  • Materials
    Obsidian
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Lt. Col. John Raymond Danson
  • Collector
    Francis Chatillon Danson
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1903 before
  • Measurements
    101 mm x 27 mm x 4 mm
  • Note
    Ex Danson Collection. Sticker on the back says, "obsidian fingers of Horus".
  • Related people
    Edith Danson (Previous owner); Francis Chatillon Danson (Collector, previous owner); John Raymond Danson (Previous owner); Walter Talbot Ready (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • 'Museum Acquisitions, 1978' in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology vol. 66

    Bourriau, Janine (editor)

    Author: Bourriau, Janine (editor)
    Publisher: Egypt Exploraration Society
    Date: 1980
    Description: A list of Egyptian antiquities acquired in 1978 by museums in the United Kingdom. The article contains a complete list of the Danson collection of Egyptian antiquities acquired by World Museum in 1977.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • John Raymond Danson

    Owned from: 1950-08-03
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1976-06-18
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Edith Danson

    Owned from: 1926-07-03
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1950-08-03
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Francis Chatillon Danson

    Owned from: 1903-11
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1926-07-03
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Walter Talbot Ready

    Owned from: 1903-07-13
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1903-11
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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