Amulet of the head of Hathor

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20
1550–1070 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Semna, Area between Cross St.9 and S. Wall St.

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



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 example is made of blue faience, a common material for these amulets.


From Semna, area between cross steet 9 and S. Wall St. 1928: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 20, 2005)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition