Amulet of Horus or Sokar
Third Intermediate Period or later
About 1070–30 B.C.
Height: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This amulet of a seated, mummiform, falcon-headed god may represent one of a number of falcon-headed deities, most likely Horus or Sokar. Amulets like this were believed to offer protection in the afterlife. The amulet has a loop at the back for suspension. It is made of pale green faience from which the glaze has now faded.
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)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way