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Amulet of the head of Hathor

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Hathor head amulets were popular from the New Kingdom to the Greco-Roman period. Hathor, the goddess of love and protector of the dead, is shown as a woman with the ears of a cow, wearing a distinctive, heavy wig with the ends coiled into spirals. This example is made of bright green glazed...

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Provenance

From Tanis (San el-Hagar), cemetery of Tel Snailin. 1884: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; October 28, 1885: presented to the MFA at EEF general meeting. (Accession Date: March 1, 1885)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, 664–525 B.C.

Findspot

Tanis (San el-Hagar), Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

85.614

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets