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Amulet of Re-Horakhty

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This amulet of a standing, falcon-headed man probably represents the solar god Re-Horakhty, since he is wearing a sun disc on his head. Since Re-Horakhty was associated with the rising sun, amulets like this one were thought to help guarantee perpetual rebirth in the afterlife. The amulet is...

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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: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.1938

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets