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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 electrum 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. This example is one of many amulets taken from the mummy of...

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From Meroe (Beg. S.), tomb 85 (tomb of princess Mernua). 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 Anlamani or Aspelta, 623–568 B.C.


Meroe (Beg. S), Nubia (Sudan)


Length: 1.7 x 2 cm (11/16 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets