Amulet of Horus as a falcon

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


Dimensions

Height x length: 2.2 x 1.4 cm (7/8 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.2567

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of blue-green 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. A loop on the back of the head allowed the amulet to be worn on a string.

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