Three Egyptian Faience Amulets in Gold Settings


Three Egyptian Faience Amulets in Gold Settings

A group of three ancient Egyptian large blue-green faience amulets of the gods Horus, Ra-Horakhty, and Isis, each standing with arms to the sides and wearing a headdress. All are set in antique gold mounts.

Saite Period, XXVIth Dynasty,
Ca. 664-525 BC.
Maximum height: 2 1/2 in. (6.3 cm).

Protective amulets were worn by ancient Egyptians in life and were strung around mummies in great numbers to preserve the body of the deceased in the Afterlife.

cf.: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 29, fig. 26.

Formerly in a Virginia estate collection, acquired in the 1970's or earlier; the settings probably by Khawam Bros. Cairo, 1920's.

Inv#: 5710


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