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Amulet of Hathor as a cow

This amulet takes the form of a bronze plaque with an impressed design of a walking cow. Such amulets represent the goddess of love and fertility, Hathor, in her bovine form. In this form, Hathor was also a protector of the deceased in the necropolis.


From the temple of Mentuhotep, Deir el-Bahari. 1904: excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the EEF in the division of finds by the Egyptian government; voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting. (Accession date: January 1, 1905)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1550–1295 B.C.

Object Place

Deir el-Bahari, Egypt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets