Amulet of Horus

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7540 X-II, in debris

Dimensions

Width x height: 1.1 x 3.5 cm (7/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.1982

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 pale faience amulet of shows a full-length, striding figure of the god, wearing the double crown of kingship.

Provenance

From Giza, Pit G 7540 X-II, in debris. 1927: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: December 14, 2004)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition