Egyptian Faience Triad Amulet

 

Egyptian Faience Triad Amulet

An ancient Egyptian faience amulet in the form of a rectangular plaque decorated in high relief with the frontal figures of the Isis and Nephthys flanking Horus as a child, the Osirian Triad.

Late period
Dynasty 26, ca. 664-525 BC.
Height: 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm).
Intact.

The plaque depicts the Osirian triad: Isis (right) and Nephthys (left) flanking and holding the hands of Horus as a child, who is naked and wears the side-lock of youth.

Protective amulets were worn by ancient Egyptians in life and were strung around mummies in great numbers to preserve the body of the deceased in the Afterlife.

Cf. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, inv. nos. 29.1429 and 29.2562.

Formerly in the collection of Bernard A. Edison, St. Louis, Missouri; purchased from Superior Stamp & Coin Co. in Los Angeles, 1988.

Inv#: 7260

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