A Selection of Egyptian Carnelian Poppy Amulets

£ 125.00

A very fine selection of ancient Egyptian poppy shaped amulets, finely carved out of carnelian stone. Each amulet features a range of deep red to light orange hues and is pierced for suspension.

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Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom
Condition: Extremely fine, amulets pierced for suspension.
£ 125.00
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Product Code: ES-168
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Poppy or thistle amulets often appear in association with of healing, removal of pain and death. Amulets of this type were also referred to the Egyptian god Osiris, who was the god of agriculture as well as death and the afterlife. Thistles were common all over Egypt, but especially around the Nile. It is thought that they were peeled and boiled before consumption, with the thistle used in some parts of the world as a herbal treatment for hepatic disorders. As in modern symbolism, poppies also carried associations with rebirth and resilience due to the hardy nature of the plant. Indeed, there is evidence for the extraction of morphine from poppies in the ancient world.

To discover more about Egyptian amulets, please visit our relevant blog post: Amulets in Ancient Egypt.

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Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item 15.43.82

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