Amulet of Re-Horakhty as a falcon

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


Dimensions

Height: 2.7 cm (1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

02.598

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of brilliant, deep blue faience represents the solar god Re-Horakhty in the form of a falcon. Although Egypt had numerous falcon deities, this one is probably identifiable as Re-Horakhty because he wears the triple atef crown and sun disk. Such amulets were intended to help guarantee rebirth in the afterlife. A loop on the back of the head allowed the amulet to be worn on a string. The front of the base is broken.

Provenance

1902: given to the MFA by the estate of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren.

(Accession date: October 11,1902)

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren