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Amulet of the Child Horus

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Horus grew up to challenge his uncle Seth, who had taken the throne from Osiris. A human child who wore this amulet received the protection that Isis had given to the child Horus. Such amulets continued to be worn after death.
MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 664-332 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 26 to Dynasty 30
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 1/16 × 3/4 × 1 in. (7.7 × 1.9 × 2.6 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1095E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Blue glazed faience amulet representing the god Horus as a child. Horus strides upon a rectangular plinth. A back pillar, which tapers slightly at the top, reached up to the middle of the head, and is pierced for suspension at chest level. Horus holds his right hand to his mouth. He wears a tight cap-like hairdo with sidelock; he is otherwise nude. Condition: Sidelock darker blue than rest of piece; incrustation in hollows.
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