Amulet depicting a reclining gazelle

A small seal in the form of a gazelle or oryx. The material is an opaque grayish blue and looks like the material known as Egyptian blue, but laboratory examination has identified the material as glass. The gazelle kneels, its head turned back over the shoulder. The hieroglyphic signs for command and truth are inscribed on the flat, oval base.

Historical period(s)
New Kingdom, 1550-1307 BCE
Medium
Glass
Dimensions
H x W: 1.3 x 1 cm (1/2 x 3/8 in)
Geography
Egypt
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1907.7
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Glass
Type

Scaraboid

Keywords
Egypt, gazelle, hieroglyph, molding, New Kingdom (ca. 1539 - 1075 BCE)
Provenance

To 1907
Unidentified owner, Egypt, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Egypt from an unidentified owner in 1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 53, pg. 33, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919

Description

A small seal in the form of a gazelle or oryx. The material is an opaque grayish blue and looks like the material known as Egyptian blue, but laboratory examination has identified the material as glass. The gazelle kneels, its head turned back over the shoulder. The hieroglyphic signs for command and truth are inscribed on the flat, oval base.

Inscription(s)

The hieroglyphics read: commanding and truth.

Published References
  • Carol Andrews. Amulets of Ancient Egypt. Austin. p. 53.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum