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Two Fingers Amulet

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

A detailed likeness of the index and second fingers of the right hand was one of the many amulets placed on the mummy. This amulet was meant to close the incision through which the embalmers removed internal organs from the body prior to mummification. Remains of the resin used during embalming are still visible between these fingers. In addition to offering protection, an amulet of this shape was meant to help the deceased function better in the afterlife.
MEDIUM Obsidian
DATES 332-30 B.C.E.
PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
DIMENSIONS 3/8 x 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. (1 x 2.2 x 8.3 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A black glass amulet in the form of two fingers of the right hand. The finger joints are indicated as well as the cuticles. Condition: Perfect. Traces of yellowish dirt (?) at separation of fingers.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Two Fingers Amulet, 332-30 B.C.E. Obsidian, 3/8 x 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. (1 x 2.2 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 74.158. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 74.158_front_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE front, 74.158_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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