Egyptian Faience Amulet of Khonsu

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,
Ca. 664-525 BC.
Height: 2 3/8 in. (6 cm).
Intact.
Set in an antique gold mount.

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

Inv#: 6901

$4,500



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