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Amulet of Ra-Horakhty

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7652 A, room IV, Notes: Egypt (Giza)

Dimensions

Length: 3.9 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.1311

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of a squatting, falcon-headed man probably represents the solar god Ra-Horakhty, since he is wearing a solar disk on his head. Since Ra-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 gold sheet with impressed decoration.

Provenance

From Giza, G 7652 A, room IV. 1929: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: April 29, 1929)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition