Amulet, plaque of Heh - ROM2017_16067_10


Amulet, plaque of Heh

Medium:Glazed composition (faience), mould-made
Geography: Sinai, Egypt
Date: c. 332 BC-642 AD
Period: Ptolomaic to Roman Period
2.38 cm
Object number: 906.16.23
Not on view

The kneeling figure on this faience plaque is the God Heh, who represents deep time, ‘millions of years.’  His amulet expresses the wish that the owner will enjoy a long life in this world, and long existence in the next.

In each hand the god holds a palm branch stripped of its leaves; such ribs could be used as tally sticks and here represent 'a very large number.'  Amulets of Heh were popular in the Old Kingdom, and especially so in the Middle Kingdom, when many fine examples were made of gold and worn in jewelry. This mould-made faience piece, however, comes from a revival of the amulet’s popularity during the Roman period. The back of the plaque is pierced three times for sewing, suggesting that the piece was used in a burial, sewn onto mummy wrappings.

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