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Amulet of Horus

A number of Egyptian gods are portrayed as falcon-headed humans, making it difficult to identify those without distinguishing crowns. However, the funerary function of certain Late Period amulets makes an identification as Horus likley. This amulet made of dark stone is one such amulet.

Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, pit G 7757 A, (tomb of Kheperre) debris of room IV. 1929: 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. (Accession date: December 14, 2004)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Amasis, 570–526 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 1.2 x 0.5 x 0.6 cm (1/2 x 3/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

29.2610

Medium or Technique

Stone (Serpentine?)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets