Amulet of Re-Horakhty

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Length: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

29.1680

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 the god’s characteristic headdress of a triple atef crown with horns, uraeii and a solar disk. 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. The lower legs and feet are now missing.

Provenance

From Giza. 1928: 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