Amulet of the head of Hathor
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20
Findspot: Nubia (Egypt), Semna
Height: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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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 green glazed steatite. There is a double transverse hole through the top for stringing.
From Semna. 1928: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition