Amulet of Horus as a falcon

Egyptian
Third Intermediate Period or later
About 1070–30 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

02.599

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of bright blue glazed faience represents the god Horus in the form of a falcon. Although Egypt had numerous falcon deities, this one is identifiable as Horus because he wears the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. Because Horus was worshipped as the heroic victor in his battle with the god of chaos, Seth, these amulets were belived to protect the wearer from threatening forces.

Provenance

1902: given to the MFA by the estate of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren.

(Accession date: October 11,1902)

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren