Amulet of Horus

Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7652 A, room IV


Height: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 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 certain Late Period amulets makes an identification as Horus likely. This amulet made of lapis lazuli is one such amulet. A hole in the back allowed for suspension on a cord.


From Giza, G 7652 A, room IV. 1929: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: April 29, 1929)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition