Amulet of Re-Horakhty

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7000

Dimensions

Height: 3.3 cm (1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.1016

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 solar disk 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 dark blue faience and is bored at the back for suspension.

Provenance

From Giza, G 7000. 1926: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition