Egyptian Faience Hand Amulet


Egyptian Faience Hand Amulet

An ancient Egyptian faience amulet in the form of a human hand clenched in a fist, positioned with the thumb tucked under the first finger. The amulet is pierced with a single hole.

Egypt, Roman period.
1st - 2nd century AD.
Height: 3/4 in. (1.8 cm).

This apotropaic type of amulet appears to be Roman in origin and adopted by the Egyptians during the period of Roman occupation. The arrangement of the thumb and first finger is known in Latin as the the "manus ficus" gesture, a symbol thought to ward off evil spirits.

Formerly in an American private collection.

Inv#: 7119


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