Amulet of Re-Horakhty

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


Dimensions

Length: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1936

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This pale green faience amulet of a standing, falcon-headed man probably represents the solar god Re-Horakhty, since he is wearing a sun disc on his head. It is bored at the back of the disk for suspension. Since Re-Horakhty was associated with the rising sun, amulets like this one were thought to help guarantee perpetual rebirth in the afterlife.

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