Lapis Lazuli Palmette Amulet

£ 200.00

A delicate Ancient Egyptian amulet in the shape of a palmette. Carved on both sides from the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli, the amulet displays a vibrant blue colour. A small loop has also been cut into the stone in order to allow for suspension. Lapis lazuli was considered a semi-precious stone and not found locally to the Egyptians. Its status and value derived in part from the fact that it had to be imported, most likely from Afghanistan.

Date: Circa 1550-1069 BC
Period: New Kingdom
Condition: Condition: Fine, complete and intact. Signs of aging to the surface.

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Product Code: ES-61
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Amulets in varying shapes and materials were extremely popular in Ancient Egypt as they were believed to provide beneficial effects depending on their material or imagery. Many amulets have been found inside the wrappings of mummies, as they were used to prepare the deceased for the afterlife. The precise significance of the palmette is unknown, though plant imagery and amulets were typically symbolic of new life.

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

Dimensions L 1.8 cm
Semi-Precious Stone

Lapis Lazuli

Region

North Africa

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