Amulet of Re-Horakhty

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7652 A, room lV

Dimensions

Length: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.1254

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 pale blue faience and is bored at the back for suspension. It is part of a set that includes 29.1247 through 29.1292.

Provenance

From Giza, G 7652 A, room lV. 1929: 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.

(Accession date: April 29, 1929)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition