Amulet of Horus as a falcon
Third Intermediate Period or later
About 1070–30 B.C.
Overall: 2.1 x 1.1 cm (13/16 x 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This amulet of polished ivory 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. A loop on the back of the head allowed the amulet to be worn on a string.
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)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way