Amulet of Re-Horakhty

Nubian
Meroitic Period
About A.D. 85–225


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb W 453, thieves debris above floor

Dimensions

Height: 2.0 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.385

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 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 mold-made of gold sheet and may have been part of a necklace or bracelet.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 453. 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: March 1, 1923)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition