Amulet of Horus as a falcon

Egyptian
Roman Period or later
after 30 B.C.


Dimensions

Length x height: 3.4 x 3.3 cm (1 5/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.853

Medium or Technique

Gold and garnet

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This gold amulet represents the god Horus in the form of a falcon. The eyes are inlaid with garnets. 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, of which the upper part is now missing, leaving only the red crown of 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

From 2149.13. By 1913: collection of Mrs. Julia Cuningham Lawrence; 1913: lent to the MFA by Mrs. Lawrence (November 21, 1913); 1927: returned to Mrs. Morris (November 16, 1927); 1927: given to the MFA by William Lawrence and his children in memory of Julia Cunningham Lawrence
(Accession Date: December 8, 1927)

Credit Line

Gift of William Lawrence and his children in memory of Julia Cunningham Lawrence