Egyptian Necklace with Poppy Amulets

£ 1,000.00

An elegant Ancient Egyptian restrung beaded necklace with bright blue faience beads, small clear hardstone beads, dark blue faience disc beads and lapis lazuli poppy amulets. The mixture of shades of blue and the shape of the beads create a visually pleasing effect and each poppy bead has been carefully carved.

Date: Circa 1550-1069 BC
Period: New Kingdom
Condition: Fine, the necklace has been restrung.


Product Code: ES-66
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Poppy or thistle amulets often appear in association with of healing, removal of pain and death. Amulets of this type were also referred to the Egyptian god Osiris, who was the god of agriculture as well as death and the afterlife. Thistles were common all over Egypt, but especially around the Nile. It is thought that they were peeled and boiled before consumption, with the thistle used in some parts of the world as a herbal treatment for hepatic disorders. As in modern symbolism, poppies also carried associations with rebirth and resilience due to the hardy nature of the plant. Indeed, there is evidence for the extraction of morphine from poppies in the ancient world.

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

Dimensions L 38.5 cm

Blue Faience

Semi-Precious Stone

Hard Stone, Lapis Lazuli


North Africa

Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, acession number 15.43.82.