Amulet of Horus as a falcon

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Harsiyotef or his successor
404–353 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. S 91

Dimensions

Overall: 4.2 x 1.5 x 2.8 cm (1 5/8 x 9/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.336

Medium or Technique

Banded chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This well-carved amulet of striated green and white chalcedony represents the god Horus in the form of a falcon. Although Egypt, and later Nubia, had numerous falcon deities, this one is probably 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. S 91. 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