Amulet of the head of Hathor
New Kingdom–Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynast
Overall: 1.3 x 0.9 cm (1/2 x 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Hathor head amulets were popular from the New Kingdom to the Greco-Roman period. Hathor, the goddess of love and protector of the dead, is shown as a woman with the ears of a cow, wearing a distinctive, heavy wig with the ends coiled into spirals. This highly stylized example is made of blue-green glazed faience. The back is flat and decorated with an incised pattern. There is a horizontal hole through the top 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.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way