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Amulet of Re-Horakhty

This intricate openwork amulet represents one of several falcon-headed deities worshipped in Egypt and Nubia, probably Ra-Horakhty. The amulet is in the form of a plaque, showing the god seated and holding an ankh, the hieroglyphic symbol for life. He wears an elaborate headdress consisting of a...

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Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 503. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka–Anlamani, 712–593 B.C.

Findspot

Meroe (Beg. West), Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x width: 5.0 cm (4 5/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

23-M-709

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets