Amulet of the head of Hathor

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, South of G 7146 and G 7144

Dimensions

Overall: 0.9 x 1.5 cm (3/8 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.1590

Medium or Technique

Faience

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, the top of which is now missing, is made of blue faience. The details are faint under glaze. There is a ring on the back for for suspension.

Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, debris of railroad dump, VII, South of mastaba G 7146 and 7144. 1927: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition