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Amulet of Horus as a falcon

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This rather schematically carved dark stone amulet represents the god Horus in the form of a falcon. Although Egypt had numerous falcon deities, this one is identifiable as Horus because he wears the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. Because Horus was worshipped as the heroic victor in his...

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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. (Accession date: June 28,1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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

Dimensions

Overall: 3.1 x 1.9 cm (1 1/4 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.1288

Medium or Technique

Stone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets