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Amulet of Montu

The Egyptians worshipped a number of falcon-headed deities. This amulet probably depicts the Theban war god Montu due to the characteristic headdress of tall plumes and a sun disk. The amulet is made of highly glazed, deep blue-green faience and the headdress is pierced to allow for stringing.

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, 1070–30 B.C.

Accession Number

72.2678

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets