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Amulet of Horus or Sokar

This well-preserved amulet of a seated falcon-headed god may represent one of a number of falcon-headed deities, most likely Horus or Sokar. Amulets like this were believed to offer protection in the afterlife. The amulet is made of pale green, highly polished stone.

Provenance

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.

Accession Number

72.1331

Medium or Technique

Stone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets