Wadjet Eye Amulet

Wadjet Eye Amulet

One of the most popular amulets in ancient Egypt, the wadjet eye represents the healed eye of the god Horus. It depicts a combination of a human and a falcon eye, since Horus was often …

Cult Image of the God Ptah

Cult Image of the God Ptah

This statuette depicts Ptah, the chief god of Egypt’s capital city Memphis, who is easy to identify by his tight-fitting cap and enveloping shroud. Other iconographic details, such as the royal beard, the large and …

Group of Archers

Group of Archers

This fragment of relief shows one of the most elaborately composed scenes preserved from the Old Kingdom. A careful examination reveals parts of at least four archers, three standing and one kneeling below them, his …

Ritual Statuette of Thutmose III

Ritual Statuette of Thutmose III

Beautifully poised, this small bronze king offers wine or milk to a god. The fluid, athletic modeling of his body and details of his costume indicate a date in mid–Dynasty 18. In fact, the statuette …

Statue of the God Ptah

Statue of the God Ptah

The great Egyptian god Ptah was a deity whose many aspects include those of both a creator god and a god who listens to individuals’ prayers. Ptah’s name was commonly accompanied by the epithet Nefer-Her, …

Model of a Soul House

Model of a Soul House

At Rifah in middle Egypt, the British excavator William Flinders Petrie found clay models of houses such as this placed near burials in such a way that he concluded they had been placed above the …

Two-finger amulet

Two-finger Amulet

This amulet depicts two stylized human fingers that are about life-size. Two-finger amulets were used exclusively for the dead and were often found on the lower left of the torso. This is the area of …