Amulet of Re-Horakhty as a falcon

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


Dimensions

Height x width: 1.1 x 2.3 cm (7/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

18.577

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This bronze amulet represents the solar god Re-Horakhty as a falcon with the sun’s disk above his head. Because Re-Horakhty was associated with the rising sun, amulets of him were believed to assist the wearer with rebirth each day in the afterlife. There is a ring on the back of the head for stringing.

Provenance

1918: given to the MFA by Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson

(Accession date: September 12, 1918)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson