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Amulet of Isis and Horus

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This amulet is composed of light brown paste with no surviving glaze. It is pierced at the back for suspension. Isis is seated and wears a sheath dress and a headdress topped by a sun disk between cow horns. The infant Horus sits on her lap.


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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period to Late Period, Dynasty 21–30, 1070–332 B.C.


Height x length: 5.7 x 2.8 cm (2 1/4 x 1 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets