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Amulet depicting the god Mayhes (protector of the sun during its nocturnal journey). His clasped hands pressed against his torso (holding an object?) Egypt, Late Period (664-332 B.C.) Height: 3 cm

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Amulet depicting the god Mayhes (protector of the sun during its nocturnal journey). His clasped hands pressed against his torso (holding an object?) Egypt, Late Period (664-332 B.C.) Height: 3 cm

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