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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Hathor, one of the most important Egyptian goddesses, was associated with fertility and childbearing. Carved versions of her head, with its distinctive cow ears, were often used as protective amulets. This example formed part of a magical device used either as a wand, to ward off evil spirits, or as one of a pair of musical clappers.
MEDIUM Ivory, pigment
  • Place Excavated: Sawama, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539–1292 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 1 5/16 x 5 5/16 in. (3.3 x 13.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small fragmentary portion of ivory clapper ending in a human hand below which is Head of Hathor. Condition: Preserved portion extremely fragmentary. Traces of red pigment in face of Hathor; good workmanship.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Clapper, ca. 1539–1292 B.C.E. Ivory, pigment, 1 5/16 x 5 5/16 in. (3.3 x 13.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund , 14.614. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 14.614_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 14.614_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2018
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