Amulet of the head of Hathor
Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka–Anlamani
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. West), Grave 762
Height: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
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Amulets of the head of the fertility goddess Hathor were popular items in both Egyptian and Nubian burials. This schematically rendered amulet of bright blue glazed faience shows the goddess without her usual attributes of a pair of horns and solar disk, but she wears her characteristic heavy wig. The back is flat, and there is a ring at the top for suspension.
From Meroe (Beg. West), grave 762. 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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition