Amulet of Hathor

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Amasis
570–526 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7757 A

Dimensions

Height: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

31.843

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

The fertility goddess and protectot of the necropolis Hathor was a popular subject for funerary amulets in both Egypt and Nubia. This example, stamped in repoussé relief in gold leaf, shows the goddess standing, in profile. She is recognizable by the bovine head and horned headdress.

Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, G 7757 A, (tomb of Kheperre) 1929: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition