Amulet of Horus

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


Height x width x depth: 3.8 x 0.5 x 1.0 cm (1 1/2 x 3/16 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


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, when the god wears the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt he is almost certainly Horus. This amulet of pale green glazed faience with brown incrustations shows a full-length, striding figure of the god, wearing the double crown of kingship. It is pierced at the back for suspension.


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