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Amulet of the head of Hathor

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


Findspot: Nubia (Egypt), Semna

Dimensions

Height: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.1161

Medium or Technique

Steatite

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 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.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition