Egyptian Turquoise-Glazed Steatite Janiform Plaque Dedicated to Amun

£ 695.00

A beautiful, green-glazed steatite, Egyptian janiform plaque evoking the god Amun. The obverse features various apotropaic hieroglyphs, moulded in high relief. They include two large feather’s of Maat, flanking a central djed pillar. Above the pillar is a circular sun disk. Below this configuration is a horizontal rectangular sign, most likely a stylised ‘men’ sign. The amalgamation of signs would suggest a dedication to Amun. To the flat reverse are another four signs, deeply incised and clear. To the right are two symmetrical feathers of Maat. To the left is a large ‘mn’ draughtboard sign 𓏠. Beneath this is a winged ureaus, turned on its side, with it’s wings facing the bottom of the plaque. The four signs are bordered by a rectangular frame.  The plaque is pierced for suspension.

Date: Circa 664-332 BC
Period: Late Period
Provenance: Private Swiss collection.
Condition: Excellent. Some loss of glaze. Slight chip to the djed side at the base.
Product Code: ES-184
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The Egyptian god, Amun-Ra, was a highly important deity in the Egyptian pantheon. Originally, he was worshipped as two gods, the creator of the universe, Amun, and the sun-god, Ra. He gains national importance after the defeat of the Hyksos at Thebes in the 16th century and it is from this date we see a combination of the two gods. As his position grew, Amun-Ra’s worship was almost monotheistic in nature, with the other gods considered manifestations of him. So great was his influence that he was identified with the Greek god Zeus from the Ptolemaic period, to form Zeus Ammon. Alexander the Great claimed divine descent as the son of Amun.

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Weight 2.72 g
Dimensions L 1.9 x W 1.2 cm
Egyptian Mythology



North Africa



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