Kierra Foley is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago, studying Egyptian Art and Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She graduated with a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies and the History of Art from Johns Hopkins in 2014. During her time at JHU, she worked as an undergraduate collections assistant at the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum.

Ram-headed God

Description  This faience amulet depicts a ram-headed god striding with his proper left foot forward and his arms down at his sides. The figure has no shirt and wears a pleated kilt and tripartite wig. The level of detail exhibited in the face and body is very high. The amulet is pierced through the back-pillar […]

Falcon-headed God

Description This alabaster amulet has been carved to depict a squatting mummiform god with a falcon’s head. The deity wears a tripartite wig and sits on a thin base. Discussion It is difficult to certainly identify this falcon-headed mummiform god, as many gods in ancient Egypt could assume forms similar to this one. The ancient […]

Isis Lactans

Description This amulet, made of a dark red faience, once depicted the goddess Isis nursing her son Horus. The amulet has been broken at the goddess’s waist, preserving only the upper part of her body. Isis, identified by the throne hieroglyph atop her head, wears a tripartite wig. Her right arm, now mostly missing, was […]

Pataikos

  Description This ivory amulet depicts Pataikos. His hands rest on his protruding stomach and each grasps a knife. He is nude except for a necklace, known as a wesekh (broad) collar, with a pectoral in front and counterweight in back; and a fitted headdress, topped with a scarab beetle. His legs have broken away. […]

Scarabs

Description (3791) This carnelian scarab is an amber/orange color. It is rendered in a highly naturalistic style and both its back and bottom are carved with fine detail. Traces of black paint remain in its incised lines. Discussion Through modern cinema and film, Western society has come to perceive the Egyptian scarab as a destructive […]

Wedjat Eyes

Description (2031 D) This polychrome faience wedjat eye depicts a right eye. The eyeball is depicted in white, with the pupil and cosmetic lines in blue. Its back is flat and undecorated. Description (3685) This amulet of pale turquoise faience depicts a highly detailed right wedjat eye. Careful attention has been paid to the depiction […]

Ear

Description This bright blue faience amulet takes the shape of a human ear. Areas of loss on the front and sides of the amulet reveal the brown core of the faience. Discussion Amulets in the form of a human ear were extremely common during the 18th Dynasty (ca. 1550-1295 BCE). These amulets most commonly served a […]

Djed-pillars

Description (3718) This djed-pillar amulet is made of a bright blue faience with large sections of a brownish-purple colorant throughout. A suspension bar has been included at the top of the djed-pillar, which is slightly lopsided. Description (1991-1) This faience djed-pillar has been rendered with great care and a high level of incised detail. A very small […]

Bastet

  Description This delicately carved steatite amulet depicts an enthroned goddess with the head of a lioness. The deity wears a striated tripartite wig and a tight-fitting dress that comes to mid-calf. Both the back-pillar and the bottom of the amulet have been incised with hieroglyphs. The steatite has been glazed a dark turquoise color. […]

Taweret

Description This faience amulet depicts Taweret striding with her left foot forward and her arms down at her sides. The goddess appears in her usual guise, which melds the features of a hippopotamus, a crocodile, and a human female. The object is a light-turquoise color with accents in black, such as on her wig and […]