Amulet of Ra-Horakhty
About A.D. 85–225
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 308
Height: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition