Amulet of Ra-Horakhty as a falcon

Egyptian
Third Intermediate–Hellenistic (Ptolemaic) Period
1070–30 B.C


Place of Origin: Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

94.268

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This bright blue glazed faience amulet represents the solar god Ra-Horakhty as a falcon with the sun’s disk above his head. Because Ra-Horakhty was associated with the rising sun, amulets of him were believed to assist the wearer with rebirth each day in the afterlife.

Provenance

1894: given to the MFA by Mrs. Samuel D. Warren.

(Accession date: October 1,1894)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren