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Amulet of Hathor as a cow

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This amulet of a walking cow is stamped out of thin gold sheet. Such amulets represent the goddess of love and fertility, Hathor, in her bovine form. In this form, Hathor was also a protector of the deceased in the necropolis.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 26 (tomb of Queen Amanitakaye). 1918: 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. (Accession date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Malonaqen, 555–542 B.C.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 0.7 x 0.8 cm (1/4 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.347

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets