Amulet of Montu

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


Dimensions

Height: 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.2678

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

The Egyptians worshipped a number of falcon-headed deities. This amulet probably depicts the Theban war god Montu due to the characteristic headdress of tall plumes and a sun disk. The amulet is made of highly glazed, deep blue-green faience and the headdress is pierced to allow for stringing.

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