Amulet of Horus as a falcon

Napatan Period, probably reign of Piankhy (Piye)
743–712 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 54


Height: 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



This intricately rendered amulet of blue glazed faience (now faded) represents the god Horus in the form of a falcon. Although Egypt and Nubia had numerous falcon deities, this one is identifiable as Horus because he wears the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. Because Horus was worshipped as the heroic victor in his battle with the god of chaos, Seth, these amulets were belived to protect the wearer from threatening forces. A loop on the back of the head allowed the amulet to be worn on a string.


From el-Kurru, Ku. 54 (tomb of an unidentified queen). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

(Accession date: January 1, 1924)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition