Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate to Late Dynastic Period, 21st to 31st Dynasty, ca. 1069 to 332 BCE. A sublime ensemble of forty-two mold-formed faience amulets in a palette of colors ranging from creamy white and golden-brown to seafoam green and sapphire blue. The figural amulets include three striding figures wearing a double crown; five depictions of a striding Horus; ten depictions of striding female deities; four standing Isis figures; a seated Maat; a standing Osiris; and two unidentifiable figures. The other amulets depict a large winged Isis; a heart; a pair of vultures; a trio of falcons; a fork-tailed sparrow; a frog; four wadjet emblems (wedjat or Eye of Horus); a djed pillar; a crown of Osiris; and an unidentifiable fragment covered in golden iridescence. Amulets like these would have been placed inside the linen wrappings of a mummy to protect them in their journey through the afterlife. Size of largest (Horus) : 1.55" H (3.9 cm).
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection, acquired at auction around twenty years ago
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