Amulet of Hathor as a cow

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Anlamani or Aspelta
623–568 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. S), Tomb 85 (tomb of Mernua)

Dimensions

Length: 1.7 x 2 cm (11/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.1426

Medium or Technique

Electrum

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of a walking cow is stamped out of thin electrum 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. This example is one of many amulets taken from the mummy of Princess Mernua.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. S.), tomb 85 (tomb of princess Mernua). 1923: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition