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Amulet of Ra-Horakhty

Nubian
Meroitic Period
About A.D. 85–225


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 308

Dimensions

Height: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number

24.800

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of a standing, falcon-headed man probably represents the solar god Ra-Horakhty, since he is wearing the god’s characteristic crown of a solar disk, horns and a uraeus cobra. Since Re-Horakhty was associated with the rising sun, amulets like this one were thought to help guarantee perpetual rebirth in the afterlife. The amulet is made of dark blue faience and is bored at the back for suspension.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 308. 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: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition