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Collection: Museum of Ancient Cultures

Amulet mould

Accession # MU3352
Creator
Culture Egyptian
Period Late Period
Date 664 – 332 B.C.E
Provenance
Material/s Nile silt
Dimensions 2.9cm (h) x 4.7cm (w) x 2cm(d)
Collection Museum of Ancient Cultures
Source Macquarie University, MAC
Classification
Amulet Mould and Sow Amulet
MU3352 is a small clay amulet mould. The mould is roughly semi-circular in shape and has the impression of a sow (female pig) in its centre. This mould dates to the Late Period but they were very common from the New Kingdom onwards. Characteristic features such as the eye, snout, tail and five teats of the pig can be observed. The small ridge which would form on the back of the sow would have been pierced horizontally allowing the amulet to be strung and worn. The amulet which is displayed with MU3352 however is a modern reproduction and is an excellent example of experimental archaeology.
The sow was seen as an animal manifestation of the sky goddess Nut and was a popular motif for protective amulets. In Egyptian mythology Nut was believed to give birth to the sun each day at dawn and swallow it again at dusk. Similar behaviour was observed with the sow, as it can be a very nurturing mother but will also occasionally consume its young.
  • Syllabus Links
    • Stage 6 Preliminary
      • Investigating Ancient History, The investigation of Ancient sites and sources
      • Features of Ancient Societies, Death and Funerary Customs in Egypt
    • Stage 6 HSC Ancient Societies. Option A New Kingdom Egypt society to the death of Amenhotep III
      • The economy, including; occupations, crafts and industry; wood, stone and metal
      • Religion, death and burial, including; gods, goddesses, cults and priesthoods including Amun-Re, Osiris (ACHAH276)
      • Religion, death and burial, including; funerary customs, rituals and texts; afterlife concepts, mummification (ACHAH278)
      • Cultural and everyday life, including; art; sculpture, jewellery and wall paintings
    • Stage 6 HSC Ancient Societies. Option B New Kingdom Egypt society during the Ramesside Period
      • The economy, including; occupations, crafts and industry; wood, stone and metal (ACHAH112)
      • Religion, death and burial, including; gods, goddesses, cults and priesthoods; Amun, Re, Ptah, Osiris (ACHAH141)
      • Religion, death and burial, including; funerary customs; afterlife concepts and mummification (ACHAH144)
      • Cultural and everyday life, including; art; sculpture, jewellery and wall paintings (ACHAH120, ACHAH121, ACHAH123)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Analysis and use of sources
      • Explain the meaning and value of sources for an historical inquiry (ACHAH007, ACHAH009)
      • Analyse sources to identify and account for the different perspectives of individuals and groups in the past (ACHAH010)
      • Analyse and synthesise evidence from different types of sources to develop reasoned claims (ACHAH008)
      • Identify and analyse problems relating to sources in the investigation of the past (ACHAH011)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Historical interpretation
      • Analyse the extent and nature of continuity and change over time (ACHAH001)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Historical investigation and research
      • Use evidence from a range of sources to inform investigation and research (ACHAH005)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Explanation and communication
      • Develop texts, particularly historical accounts and arguments, supported by relevant evidence from sources (ACHAH013)
  • Educational Resources
  • Online Resources
  • Bibliography/References
    • Andrews, C., (1994), Amulets of Ancient Egypt, London.
    • Hart, G., (1986), A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, Oxford, pp. 110-111.
    • Hodgkinson, A.K., (2015), "Archaeological Excavation of a Bead Workshop in the Main City at Tell el Amarna", Journal of Glass Studies 57, 279-284.
    • Lesko, L., (2005), 'Nut', in D.B Redford (ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Oxford.
    • Mendoza, B., (2017), Artifacts from Ancient Egypt, Santa Barba, CA, pp.53-60.
    • Nicholson, P.T. & Shaw, I. (eds) (2000), Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology, Cambridge.
    • Tristant, Y. & Ryan, E. (eds.) (2017), Death is Only the Beginning,/i>, Oxford, p.250-255 and cat.63, p.272-273.
    • Vanthuyne, B., (2015), "Amarna Factories, Workshops, Faience Moulds and their Produce", Ägypten und Levante 22;23, 395-429.
    • Wilkinson, R.H., (2003), The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, London.

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Museum of Ancient Cultures (2018). Amulet mould, MU3352. https://objectbasedlearning.com//museum-of-ancient-cultures/MU3352 (accessed on: 01 November 2018).

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