Amulet of a falcon

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4–6
2575–2150 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7521 C

Dimensions

Overall: 1 x 1.7 cm (3/8 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

25.2523

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This is an crudely formed amulet of a falcon with a bored suspension hole on the back.
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, Pit G 7521 C.1925: 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