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Amulet of Horus

This amulet of squatting, falcon-headed god probably represents Horus, because the god is shown wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, a usual attribute of Horus. It is crudely worked of deep blue-green faience and is bored through the headdress for suspension.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28,1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period or later, About 1070–30 B.C.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets