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Amulet of the head of Hathor

Hathor head amulets were popular from the New Kingdom to the Greco-Roman period. Hathor, the goddess of love and protector of the dead, is shown as a woman with the ears of a cow, wearing a distinctive, heavy wig with the ends coiled into spirals. This example, the top of which is now missing,...

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Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, debris of railroad dump, VII, South of mastaba G 7146 and 7144. 1927: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 0.9 x 1.5 cm (3/8 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.1590

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets