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Amulet of Horus as a falcon

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This well-carved amulet of striated green and white chalcedony represents the god Horus in the form of a falcon. Although Egypt, and later Nubia, had numerous falcon deities, this one is probably identifiable as Horus because he wears the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. Because Horus was...

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Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. S), tomb 91. 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 Harsiyotef or his succe, 404–353 B.C.

Findspot

Meroe (Beg. S), Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Length: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

23.336

Medium or Technique

Banded chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets