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Amulet of the head of Hathor

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Amulets of the head of the fertility goddess Hathor were popular items in both Egyptian and Nubian burials. This elaborate openwork amulet of blue glazed faience takes the form of a plaque. On the front, the goddess appears frontally, with her characteristic cow's ears and horns. Her headdress...

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Provenance

From el-Kurru, pyramid 53 (tomb of Queen Tabiry). 1919: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: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), 743–712 B.C.

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x width: 9.9 x 6.1 cm (3 7/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.659

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets