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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 thickly glazed blue...

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Provenance

From Giza, between G 7120 and G 7130. 1924: From Semna, S 563, 2E. 1924: 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

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.1073

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets