Ancient Egyptian Green Glazed Faience Amulet of Shu


An Egyptian amulet produced from pale green glazed faience of the air god, Shu. He is depicted kneeling, with one knee to the ground and the other raised. His arms appear raised and bent at the elbows. The sun is represented between his raised arms. The amulet is pierced for suspension and has been mounted on a custom made perspex stand.

Weight: 5.1 g (with perspex stand)

Height: 5.2 cm (with perspex stand)

Date: Circa 525-332 BC
Period: Late Period
Provenance: Hans Becker collection, with Bonhams, 21 April 2005, lot 42. Private collection of Professor Kenneth Graham, London, UK.
Condition: Good Condition


SKU: HY-22 Category: Tag:

In Egyptian mythology Shu was the god of air, wind and the serenity associated with such elements. In the Heliopolitan creation myth Shu separates the sky from the Earth, initiating the creation of life. His kneeling representation, as demonstrated on this amulet, alludes to this myth. The sun disc seen between the raised arms represents the vast sky. He was also commonly depicted wearing an ostrich feather and was often associated with Ma’at (truth).

To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings: Ancient Egyptian Gods.

Weight 5.1 g
Dimensions L 1 x W 0.7 x H 2 cm



Reference: For similar item: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA, item 89.2.290

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