Amulet of the head of Hathor
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Semna, Area between Cross St.9 and S. Wall St.
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 blue faience, a common material for these amulets.
From Semna, area between cross steet 9 and S. Wall St. 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.
(Accession date: January 20, 2005)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition