Period: Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Dynasty: Dynasty 21–30
Date: 664–30 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt
Dimensions: H. 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in); w. 3 cm (1 3/16 in)
Credit Line: Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number: 10.130.2055
An aegis is a collarlike necklace (often called a broad-collar) bearing a divine head as symbol of protection and fertility. The aegis was an element of a sacred menat necklace from at least the 18th dynasty. Heads of Lion- or cat-headed goddesses were most frequently depicted, but other goddesses and some gods might appear.
Small faience examples like this one might serve as amulets.