Egyptian Serpentine Pesesh-Kef Amulet
An ancient Egyptian serpentine amulet in the form of a Pesesh-Kef, the ritual implement used in the opening of the mouth ceremony. Mounted as a pendant in modern gold wire.
Late Dynastic Period, ca. 700-300 BC.
The Pesesh-Kef was a ritual implement used to perform the Opening of the Mouth ceremony on the day that the deceased was to be interred. The ceremony was believed to ensure that the deceased would regain all of his faculties in the Afterlife.
cf.: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 83-4. no. 85.
Formerly in a New York private collection, purchased from Harmer Rooke Galleries in 1987.