Amulet of the head of Hathor

Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, On top of mastaba G 7520 from debris


Overall: 1.8 x 1.9 x 0.5 cm (11/16 x 3/4 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed faience

Not On View


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 very schematically rendered exampleis made of blue faience.


From Egypt, Giza, on top of mastaba G 7520, debris. 1927: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition