Egyptian Pharaonic Carnelian Amulet

£ 1,150.00

A beautifully carved Egyptian carnelian amulet of a youthful Pharaoh’s face, featuring a modern gold suspension loop to the top. The Pharaoh is shown wearing a variation of the Deshret Red Crown, with rearing Uraeus cobra to the brow.

Date: 664-30 BC
Period: Late Dynastic-Ptolemaic Period
Provenance: From an important Mayfair, London, collection: previously acquired from a Mayfair gallery before 1999.
Condition: Excellent condition with modern gold loop attached.
Product Code: ES-76
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Deshret was the formal name for the Red Crown of Lower Egypt: a red bowl-shaped crown with a protruding curlicue. Many crowns were worn by the Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt, each of them with a different meaning of symbolic significance. The Uraeus cobra symbol derives from the Egyptian word ‘iaret’, meaning ‘the risen one’, taken from the image of a cobra rising up in protection. It was used on the front of the headdresses of gods and Pharaohs as an emblem of supreme power and authority.

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

Dimensions H 1.7 cm
Semi-Precious Stone

Carnelian

Region

North Africa

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