Amulet of the head of Hathor
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20
height x width 2.8 x 1.3 cm (1 1/8 x 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Hathor head amulets were popular from the New Kingdom to the Greco-Roman period. Hathor, the goddess of love and protector of the dead, is usually shown as a woman with the ears of a cow, wearing a distinctive, heavy wig with the ends coiled into spirals. In this amulet, schematically made of bright blue glazed faience, there is no wig but simply the head on a standard. the back is flat.
From Dier-el-Bahari. 1906: excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the EEF in the division of finds by the Egyptian government; voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over 1906.
(Accession date: October 11, 1906)
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