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.
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)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way