Egyptian Faience Amulet of Isis

Egyptian Faience Amulet of Isis

A large blue-green faience ancient Egyptian amulet of the goddess Isis, standing wearing a sheath dress with arms to the sides and wearing a hieroglyph representing the throne of Egypt as her headdress.

Saite Period, 26th Dynasty,
Ca. 664-525 BC.
Height: 2 1/8 in. (5.6 cm).
Set in an antique gold mount.

Isis was the wife of Osiris, protector and patron of women, and model of conjugal love. She is often depicted suckling the infant Harpokrates. Later regarded as a healer, she became associated with Demeter, Aphrodite, and Hathor. Her principle cult temple site was the island of Philae.

cf.: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 22, fig. 18.

Formerly in the J. Penn collection, Chinqua Penn Plantation, North Carolina, acquired before 1946; the gold settings probably by Khawam Bros. Cairo, 1920's.

Inv#: 6900


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