Amulet of a falcon

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Ruin of Roman building, inside G 7200 Pt i

Dimensions

Overall: 3.3 x 3.5 cm (1 5/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.1574

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of a falcon has a dull red glaze. It is missing the head and one foot and the base is chipped.
Amulets of falcons were popular throughout Egyptian history and were associated with several different deities, most notably Horus and Ra-Horakhty. In the absence of a headdress it is impossible to know with certainty which god is intended.

Provenance

From Egypt, Giza Ruin of Roman building, inside G 7200 Pt i. 1927: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition