EGYPTIAN HARD STONE FLY AMULET
Measurements: 1.9 cm - length
Description: A finely modelled fly amulet in a pale green hard stone, with a longitudinal hole for suspension and undecorated reverse.
The purpose of such fly amulet is uncertain, scholars have different hypotheses regarding this symbol. Some believe it was awarded for military achievement because of the fly’s resemblance to enemies’ persistence at war and also because of the fly’s tendency of hanging around battlefields were blood was shed. Others don’t agree entirely with this thesis as samples of fly amulets have been found in women’s and butlers’ tombs, individuals not active in war. One other possible intention of this amulet was to bestow the notorious fecundity of the fly to the wearer. However uncertain the significance of this symbol is, the fly also appears in many ancient neighbouring cultures, from Nubia to the Greek island of Cyprus.
Period: New Kingdom, 1570-1070 BC
Condition: Very fine.