A vibrant blue glazed faience plaque moulded in the form of the standing Duamutef the jackal-headed son of Horus. Duamutef's role was to protect the stomach of the deceased. He was protected by the goddess Neith, who is also thought to be his mother. His role was literally to worship the dead individual. His name literally translates 'he who worships his mother'.
This plaque is from a series of four pieces representing the Four Sons of Horus which would have been sewn into the bandages of a mummy across the chest area. This was designed to help protect the intestines. By the time of the Third Intermediate Period, amulets had fast become the most important method of protecting the deceased soul and seat of intelligence. Much of the amulets and jewellery are based purely on protecting the mummy.
Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, C. 500 BCE.
Size: 46mm H x 14mm W.
Condition: Good condition. Intact.
Ex. Private Collection, London, UK, Acquired in 2007.
In ancient Egypt, amulets were carried in a variety of ways including necklaces, bracelets , rings; and most importantly among the bandages of the mummy they were made to serve.