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Amulet of Hathor

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The fertility goddess and protector of the necropolis Hathor was a popular subject for funerary amulets in both Egypt and Nubia. This example, stamped in repoussé relief in gold leaf, shows the goddess standing, in profile. She is recognizable by the bovine head and horned headdress.

Provenance

From Giza, G 7652 A, room 6. 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: April 29, 1929)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, 688–525 B.C

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

29.1370

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets