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.
Egyptian Faience Necklace with Poppy Amulets
A very fine Ancient Egyptian restrung beaded necklace composed of dark blue faience disc beads interspersed with red faience disc beads and poppy shaped amulets, finely carved out of carnelian stone. The arrangement of the beads creates a very elegant and pleasing pattern. The necklace features a gold plated clasp and measures 21 cm when folded.
Period: New Kingdom
Provenance: From the collection RE, Belgium, prior 1980; formerly with Galerie Drees, Brussels.
Condition: Extremely fine, the necklace has been restrung.
|Dimensions||L 21 cm|
Blue Faience, Red Faience