Ashley Fiutko Arico received her Ph.D. in Egyptian Art and Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins in 2017. Her dissertation examined Egyptian statuary excavated in the Levant.

Thoth

Description (235) This faience amulet depicts the god Thoth in ibis form, seated on a long, rectangular base. An ostrich feather, the Egyptian hieroglyph for the word “truth” (Maat), stands at the front of the amulet, providing a place for the ibis to rest his beak. A suspension loop has been molded onto the ibis’s […]

Shrine

  Description This delicately modeled amulet is designed to represent a shrine holding the divine image of a god. Incised lines on the front panel of the shrine portray its doors in a perpetual state of being open, revealing a small lump of Egyptian blue on the interior of the shrine meant to represent the […]

Papyrus Column

Description This amulet, made of a turquoise-colored stone, represents a papyrus column. Incised lines on the umbel delineate the leaves, while vertical lines running down the shaft mark off an inscription. Only the beginning of the text, which is faintly inscribed, is preserved. It reads: “Words spoken by…,” a phrase traditionally used at the beginning […]

Heart Scarab

Description This heart scarab is carved from a piece of dark gray stone. The bottom is divided into eleven horizontal rows, ten of which are inscribed with Book of the Dead spell 30B written in neat hieroglyphs that read from right to left.     Discussion The scarab’s association with the daily rebirth of the […]

Plaque with the Theban Triad

Description This small faience plaque depicts the divine triad of Thebes in profile: the god Amun-Re, his consort Mut, and their son Khonsu. Amun wears a tall plumed crown, a curled divine beard, a broad collar, and a short kilt. He holds a was-scepter in his left hand. Mut stands behind Amun with her right […]

Ancient Egyptian Amulets

Ancient Egyptians frequently wore jewelry imbued with symbolic meaning and magical properties. These potent objects, known today as amulets, were worn on the body in way that is comparable to modern bracelet charms and necklace pendants for the living, or worked into mummy wrappings to protect the deceased. Amulets were an important part of ancient […]

Journey to the West

Journey to the West: Tracking Ancient Egyptian Funerary Objects from Abydos to Baltimore In the summer of 1911 the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum was awarded numerous ancient Egyptian artifacts discovered at Abydos during excavations undertaken by T. Eric Peet on behalf of the Egypt Exploration Fund earlier that year. This paper will identify many of […]

From el-Mahasna to Baltimore

From El-Mahasna to Baltimore: Restoring Context to Egyptian Objects in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum The Johns Hopkins archaeological collection was awarded numerous pieces of Predynastic Egyptian pottery and other artifacts in return for its support of the Egypt Exploration Fund’s (EEF) 1909 excavation of the cemetery at el-Mahasna. This paper will combine study of […]