Amulet of Horus

Late Period, Dynasty 26–30
664–332 B.C.


Length: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



A number of Egyptian gods are portrayed as falcon-headed humans, making it difficult to identify those without distinguishing crowns. However, the funerary function of this class of Late Period amulets makes an identification as Horus likley. This amulet of a standing falcon-headed god has a hole in the back for suspension. It is cracked, unpolished and made of lapis lazuli that is mottled with white.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

(Accession date: June 28,1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way