Amulet of the head of Hathor

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

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, South of G 7146 and G 7144


Overall: 0.9 x 1.5 cm (3/8 x 9/16 in.)

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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, the top of which is now missing, is made of blue faience. The details are faint under glaze. There is a ring on the back for for suspension.


From Egypt, Giza, debris of railroad dump, VII, South of mastaba G 7146 and 7144. 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition