Date of Award
Master of Arts
Egyptian Art and Archaeology
This research analyzes the historical context and symbolism of a unique ancient egyptian artifact, an ancestor bust amulet, in the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology from the University of Memphis (1994.4.268). This amulet is one of the only known in the world. We suggest that the living wore it as a representation of deceased relatives who achieved eternal life after successfully journeying through the Realm of the Dead, gaining the title of "effective spirit." The deceased the become intermediaries and affected the living. Because of this, the amulet offered protection by symbolizing the solar cycle of renewed existence.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Quintana, Carolina, "The Use of an Ancient Egyptian Amulet for the Living: University of Memphis (1994.4.268)" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1417.