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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 violet-blue faience. The...

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Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom–Hellenistic Period, Dynasty 18 to Pt, 1550–30 B.C.

Dimensions

Height: 1.2 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

72.2627

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets