Amulet of Horus

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26–30
664–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.1324

Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

A number of Egyptian gods are portrayed as falcon-headed humans, making it difficult to identify those without distinguishing crowns. However, the funerary function of this class of Late Period amulets makes an identification as Horus likley. This amulet of a standing falcon-headed god has a hole at the back for suspension. The lower part is broken off. It is much incrusted with brown.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

(Accession date: June 28,1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way