Ancient Egyptian Pendant with Poppy Amulet

£ 150.00

An Egyptian poppy seed amulet carved in red hard stone and pierced longitudinally for suspension.  The amulet has been  re-mounted on a gold wire during the Victorian era.

Date: Circa 1550-1069 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period. The gold wire is dated to the Victorian era.
Condition: Fine, re-mounted. The amulet is suitable for modern wear with care.

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Product Code: ES-55
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The Egyptians wore amulets as decorative jewellery, but they also served a practical purpose, being thought to bestow power and protection upon the wearer. Many of the amulets have been found inside the wrappings of mummies, as they were used to prepare the deceased for the afterlife.

Poppy amulets were commonly made from carnelian, or red faience, to imitate the colour of the real flower. Alternatively, genuine poppy heads and flowers were strung together to be worn by the living, or used to adorn mummies. Therefore, although their precise meaning remains unknown, it is believed that poppy amulets are generally associated with resurrection.

Dimensions L 5 cm
Region

North Africa

Stone

Hard Stone

Metal

Gold

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