Amulet of Horus

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka–Senkamanisken
712–623 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 787

Dimensions

Height: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.) +

Accession Number

24.836

Medium or Technique

Faience

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, when the god wears the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt he is almost certainly Horus. This amulet of faded blue faience with brown incrustations shows a full-length, striding figure of the god, wearing the double crown of kingship. It is pierced at the back of the crown for suspension.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 787. 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.
(Accession date: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition