Egyptian Faience Lion Amulet
An ancient Egyptian green faience amulet in the form of a recumbent lion on an integral base with a suspension loop on top.
Saite or Ptolemaic Period
Egyptian amulets representing animals were associated with specific deities. The lion was a symbol of Sekhmet, the Egyptian war goddess, as well as the god Nefertum.
Cf. Detroit Institute of Arts inv. no. 67.153; British Museum inv. no. 1946,1204.141, wearing the lotus and plumes of Nefertum.
Formerly in a New York private collection, acquired at Hotel Drouot, Paris, March 25, 1994; previously in French private collection.