Egyptian Faience Amulet of Khonsu
A large blue-green faience ancient Egyptian amulet of the god Khonsu, falcon headed, standing wearing a kilt with arms to the sides and wearing a lunar disk and uraeus headdress.
Saite Period, 26th Dynasty,
Khonsu, a lunar deity, pertained to all things nocturnal. As god of light in the night, Khonsu was invoked to protect travelers against wild animals, increase male virility, help women conceive, and insure fertility and protection of livestock.
cf.: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 24, fig. 20c.
Formerly in the J. Penn collection, Chinqua Penn Plantation, North Carolina, acquired before 1946; the gold settings probably by Khawam Bros. Cairo, 1920's.