Amulet of Hathor as a cow
Napatan Period, reign of Malonaqen
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 26
Overall: 0.7 x 0.8 cm (1/4 x 5/16 in.)
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This amulet of a walking cow is stamped out of thin gold sheet. 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 Nuri, pyramid 26 (tomb of Queen Amanitakaye). 1918: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession date: March 1, 1920)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition