Amulet of Horus as a falcon

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

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Debris of chamber of rock tomb G 7813 Z


Overall: 0.9 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm (3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This amulet of blue-green glazed faience 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 Giza, debris of chamber of rock tomb G 7813 Z. 1931: 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: December 14, 2004)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition