Amulet of Horus as a falcon

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka–Taharqa
698–664 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 760

Dimensions

Length: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.379

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of cast gold represents the god Horus in the form of a falcon. Although Egypt and Nubia 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

From Meroe (Beg.W), tomb 760. 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: March 1, 1923)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition