LAPIS LAZULI LOTUS FLOWER AMULET
Measurements: 1.6 cm – width, 1.8 cm height
Description: An Egyptian amulet carved in the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli, depicting a lotus flower. Each petals is rendered through a series of incised lines. 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.
The Egyptians wore amulets alongside other pieces of jewellery. They were decorative, but also served a practical purpose, being considered 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. The lotus was an important symbol in the ancient world, as it stood for rebirth and creation. Lotus flowers open during the day, and close at night, thus illustrating the journey of the Egyptian god Khepri, who rolled the sun across the earth, and in doing so created day and night.
Period: Third Intermediate - Late Dynastic Period, Circa 1000-500 BC.
Condition: Fine, complete and intact.