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Amulet of Hathor as a cow

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.


Object Place: Egypt, Deir el-Bahari, Temple of Mentuhotep

Dimensions

Overall: 2.1 x 1.5 cm (13/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

05.246

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet takes the form of a bronze plaque with an impressed design of a walking cow. Such amulets represent the goddess of love and fertility, Hathor, in her bovine form. In this form, Hathor was also a protector of the deceased in the necropolis.

Provenance

From the temple of Mentuhotep, Deir el-Bahari. 1904: excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the EEF in the division of finds by the Egyptian government; voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting.

(Accession date: January 1, 1905)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription