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Amulet of Re-Horakhty

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


Dimensions

Height: 2.0 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

22.561

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 Re-Horakhty, since he is wearing a sun disc on his head. 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 blue faience and is bored at the back for suspension.

Provenance

By 1922: Mrs. Francis C. Lowell Collection; 1922: given by Mrs. Francis C. Lowell to the MFA.

(Accession date: May 4, 1922)

Credit Line

Gift of Estate of Mrs. Francis C. Lowell