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Amulet of Horus as a falcon

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This amulet of cast gold represents the god Horus in the form of a falcon. Although Egypt and Nubia 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 battle with the...

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Provenance

From Meroe (Beg.W), tomb 760. 1923: 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: March 1, 1923)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka–Taharqa, 698–664 B.C.

Findspot

Meroe (Beg. W), Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Length: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.379

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets