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Amulets of the head of Hathor

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka–Taharqa
698–664 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. West), Tomb 609

Dimensions

Height: 0.85 cm (5/16 in.)

Accession Number

23-M-96

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. These six amulets of bright blue glazed faience show the goddess without her usual attributes of a pair of horns and solar disk, but she wears her characteristic heavy wig. The backs are flat, and there are rings at the top for suspension.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. West), tomb 609. 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