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Amulet of Horus as a falcon

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This intricately rendered amulet of blue glazed faience (now faded) 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...

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Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku. 54 (tomb of an unidentified queen). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height: 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.660

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets