Egyptian Faience Amulet of Isis
An ancient Egyptian blue faience amulet of the goddess Isis, standing wearing a sheath dress with arms to the sides and wearing a hieroglyph representing the throne of Egypt as her headdress.
3rd Intermediate Period, 1069-656 BC.
Isis was the wife of Osiris, protector and patron of women, and model of conjugal love. She is often depicted suckling the infant Harpokrates. Later regarded as a healer, she became associated with Demeter, Aphrodite, and Hathor. Her principle cult temple site was the island of Philae.
cf.: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 22, fig. 18.
Formerly in a New York private collection, previously in an old English private collection.