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Amulet of the head of Hathor

Nubian
Meroitic Period, reign of Shabaka–Taharqa
712–664 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. West), Tomb 633

Dimensions

Height: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

23-M-246

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Amulets of the head of the fertility goddess Hathor were popular items in both Egyptian and Nubian burials. This amulet of bright blue glazed faience shows the goddess without her usual attributes of a pair of horns and solar disk, but she wears her characteristic heavy wig. The back is flat, and there is a ring at the top for suspension.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. West), tomb 633. 1923: 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