Amulet of Re-Horakhty

Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka–Anlamani
712–593 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. West), W 503


Height x width: 5.0 cm (4 5/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



This intricate openwork amulet represents one of several falcon-headed deities worshipped in Egypt and Nubia, probably Ra-Horakhty. The amulet is in the form of a plaque, showing the god seated and holding an ankh, the hieroglyphic symbol for life. He wears an elaborate headdress consisting of a tall atef crown adorned with ram’s’ horns, plumes, uraeus cobras and a solar disk. Such headdresses are usually associated with Ra-Horakhty. Because of his association with the rising sun, amulets representing the god were believed to help the deceased achieve rebirth in the afterlife. The amulet is broken but nearly complete.


From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 503. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition