Amulet of Re-Horakhty
Third Intermediate Period or later
About 1070–30 B.C.
Length: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This amulet of a standing, falcon-headed man probably represents the solar god Re-Horakhty, since he is wearing a sun disc on his head. Since Re-Horakhty was associated with the rising sun, amulets like this one were thought to help guarantee perpetual rebirth in the afterlife. The amulet is made of shiny, pale blue-green faience and is bored 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)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way