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Amulets of the head of Hathor

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Semna, S 563, 2E

Dimensions

Length: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.908a-c

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. These three amulets are made of green glazed faience. The backs are flat and ther eare tranvserse hols through the tops for stringing.

Provenance

From Semna, S 563, 2E. 1924: 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: March 15, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition