Amulet of a falcon-headed god

Egyptian
Third Intermediate Period or later


Dimensions

Height: 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

72.1928

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

A number of Egyptian gods are portrayed as falcon-headed humans, making it difficult to identify those without distinguishing crowns. Tsis example is made of purple-gray faience with no surviving glaze. The standng figure now has the lower part of the legs and feet broken off. In addition, the left arm is broken off at the elbow. There is an incised hieroglyphic text on the back.

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