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Amulet of Re-Horakhty

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This amulet of a squatting, 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

From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 453. 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, Meroitic Period, About A.D. 85–225

Findspot

Meroe (Beg. W), Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height: 2.0 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.385

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets