Amulet, double cartouche of Seti I - ROM2017_16067_7


Amulet, double cartouche of Seti I

Medium:Glazed composition (faience), mould-made
Geography: Excavated at Serabit el-Khadim, Sinai, Egypt
Date: c. 1295-1186 BC
Period: 19th Dynasty, Ramesside Period, New Kingdom
3.2 x 1.9 cm
Object number: 906.16.107
Not on view

What we call a ‘cartouche’ was known in Ancient Egypt as a shen.  It represents a length of papyrus rope, with the ends folded over each other at the bottom, encircling a sacred space. This shape carries the connotation of protection for whatever is within.  By the Old Kingdom, two of the king’s five names were written within a shen. The names in this shen are those of the Nineteenth Dynasty pharaoh Seti I. The king's birth name, Seti, beloved of Ptah, is on the right, and his throne name, or praenomen, Men-maat-re, is on the left.

There are loops for suspension or sewing visible, though broken, at bottom. Such inexpensive souvenirs of the king were handed out in considerable numbers at festivals. Afterward, it might have been worn as an amulet in life or sewn onto clothing and later given to the dead to provide them with the protection of a great king on their long journey.

Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society (W.M. Flinders Petrie), 1905-1906
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