Amulet of the head of Hathor
New Kingdom–Hellenistic Period, Dynasty 18 to Pt
Height: 2.5 cm (1 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 shown as a woman with the ears of a cow, wearing a distinctive, heavy wig with the ends coiled into spirals. This example is made of dull purple and green unglazed faience, now incrusted with brown. The back is flat and there is a ring at the top for suspension.
By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way