Amulet of Horus as a falcon on a standard

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26–30
305–30 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis, Scarab Factory House

Dimensions

Height: 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

86.815

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This bronze amulet depicts represents the god Horus in the form of a falcon perched upon a standard comprised of a cylindrical rod supporting a platform. 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 falcon’s body allowed the amulet to be worn on a string.
The bronze is badly incrusted.

Provenance

From Naukratis, scarab factory. 1885: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; October 28, 1885: voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over August 1886.
(Accession Date: August 1, 1886)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription