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Amulet of a falcon

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This is an crudely formed amulet of a falcon with a bored suspension hole on the back. Amulets of falcons were popular throughout Egyptian history and were associated with several different deities, most notably Horus and Ra-Horakhty. In the absence of a headdress it is impossible to know with...

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Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7521 C.1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4–6, 2575–2150 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 1 x 1.7 cm (3/8 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

25.2523

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets