Fly amulet

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A blue-glazed steatite scaraboid with the back in the form of a fly. It is longitudinally pierced with a cartouche-shaped base inscribed with the name of Amenhotep I or Amenhotep II. Possibly from Saqqara. The object is on long-term loan since 2005 from the British Museum who acquired it in 1899 from the Rev. Chauncey Murch. For an ivory fly amulet, see Anonymous (1994, 264).


Andrews, Carol 1994. Amulets of ancient Egypt. London: The British Museum Press. Anonymous (ed.) 1994. Pharaonen und Fremde: Dynastien im Dunkel; in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Ägyptologischen Institut der Universität Wien und dem Österreichischen Archäologischen Institut Kairo, Rathaus Wien, Volkshalle, 8. Sept.–23. Okt. 1994. Wien: Eigenverlag der Museen der Stadt Wien. 194. Sonderausstellung des Historischen Museums der Stadt Wien. Goodridge, Wendy and Stuart Williams 2005. Offerings from the British Museum. Swansea: The Egypt Centre. [p. 9]

Last modified: 16 Oct 2023

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