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Amulet of Horus or Sokar

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This amulet of a seated falcon-headed god may represent one of a number of falcon-headed deities, most likely Horus or Sokar. Amulets like this were believed to offer protection in the afterlife. The amulet has a loop at the back for suspension. It is made of bright green faience and decorated...

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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, Third Intermediate Period or later, About 1070–30 B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number

72.1330

Medium or Technique

Stone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets