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Amulet of Hathor as a cow

This amulet once represented a walking or kneeling cow. It is made of deep blue glaze with the details painted in black. The horns are broken off and missing, and the amulet is broken at neck. Only the head remains. Such amulets represent the goddess of love and fertility, Hathor, in her bovine...

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From Thebes, Deir el-Bahari, Temple of Mentuhotep. 1912: given to the MFA by the estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes, through Miss Sarah H. Blanchard. (Accession date: July 18, 1912)

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Gift from the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes

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


Deir el-Bahari, Egypt

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets