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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 highly stylized example is made of...

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Provenance

From Dier-el-Bahari. 1906: excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the EEF in the division of finds by the Egyptian government; voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over 1906. (Accession date: October 11, 1906)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20, 1550–1070 B.C.

Findspot

Deir el-Bahri, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width: 0.7 x 0.5 cm (1/4 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

06.2492

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets