Amulet of the head of Hathor

Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
743–712 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 52 (Tomb of Neferukekashta)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



Amulets of the head of the fertility goddess Hathor were popular items in both Egyptian and Nubian burials. This amulet of blue glazed faience takes the form of a plaque. On the front, the goddess appears frontally, with her characteristic cow’s ears and horns. She is flanked by a pair of uraeii. Above her head is the sacred eye of Horus (wedjat) Another wedjat appears on the reverse. There are two rings at the top for stringing.


From el-Kurru, Ku. 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta). 1919: 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.

(Accession date: January 1, 1924)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition