Amulet of Hathor as a cow
Napatan Period, reign of Anlamani or Aspelta
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. S), Tomb.85 (tomb of Mernua)
Length: 2.7 cm (1 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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This amulet of a walking cow is stamped out of thin electrum sheet. Such amulets represent the goddess of love and fertility, Hathor, in her bovine form. In this form, Hathor was also a protector of the deceased in the necropolis. This example is one of many amulets taken from the mummy of Princess Mernua.
From Meroe (Beg. S.), tomb 85 (tomb of princess Mernua). 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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition