The Amulet of the Shen symbolizes the sun’s orbit and the sun bringing “eternity”, as well as the all-encirceling power of the sun god.
As an amulet for eternity it was placed on the body of the deceased with the intention of providing it with a life that endures as long as the sun took revolutions in the orbit in the high heavens.
The Amulet of the Shen was made out of carnelian or Lapis lazuli.
When used as a symbol it was often painted and craved into coffins and walls.
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