Amulet of the head of Hathor

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20
1550–1070 B.C.


Dimensions

height x width 2.8 x 1.3 cm (1 1/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

06.2465

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription