Amulet of Hathor as a cow
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bahari, Temple of Mentuhotep
Overall: 2 x 3.1 x 1 cm (13/16 x 1 1/4 x 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This amulet once represented a walking or kneeling cow. It is made of deep blue glaze with the details painted in black. The horns are broken off and missing, and the amulet is broken at neck. Only the head remains. 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.
From Thebes, Deir el-Bahari, Temple of Mentuhotep. 1912: given to the MFA by the estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes, through Miss Sarah H. Blanchard.
(Accession date: July 18, 1912)
Gift from the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes