Ancient Egyptian Faience Amulet of Khnum

£ 400.00

An Egyptian faience amulet of the god, Khnum, mounted on a stand. He is depicted striding forward, with arms by his side and his fists clenched. He wears a short kilt, known as a ‘shendyt’. On top of his head he wears the ‘atef’ crown, conveyed as a tall, ribbed headpiece with stylised ostrich feathers to each side. The ‘atef’ crown was worn during specific ceremonies and worn by various deities in connection to the afterlife. The amulet is pierced longitudinally for suspension but is also mounted on a custom-made wooden stand. Measurements given include the height and width of the stand. Amulet alone measures 3cm in height and 0.7cm in width.

Date: Circa 600 - 332 BC
Period: Late Period
Provenance: Ex Bonham's, Antiquities Auction, 21st April 2005, lot 42. Ex Hans Becker Collection. Ex private collection, Professor Kenneth Graham, London.
Condition: Excellent. Attached to a custom-made stand.
Product Code: ES-148
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Khnum is most frequently depicted with a ram’s head, as he is in this example. He was one of the earliest deities to be celebrated in Egypt, and was originally the god of the source of the river Nile. He was also a god of birth and creation, as it was believed that Khnum made babies out of clay, using his potter’s wheel, and placed them in their mother’s wombs. The river Nile, rich in nutrients and good soil, was a wonderful source of life and sustenance. Khnum was therefore known as a protector and guardian, especially in relation to children – hence the choice for his depiction on an amulet.

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

Dimensions W 2.1 x H 6.5 cm
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