Amulet of Horus or Sokar

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


Dimensions

Length: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1332

Medium or Technique

Stone

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of a seated falcon-headed god may represent one of a number of falcon-headed deities, most likely Horus or Sokar. Amulets like this were believed to offer protection in the afterlife. The amulet has no loop at the back for suspension, and may have been placed in a mummy’s wrappingrather than worn on a string. It is made of unpolished pale green stone.

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