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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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Condition

All amulets have surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, small chips and nicks to peripheries, fading to finer details, and some roughness. Light earthen deposits throughout. Some amulets have wonderful silver, rainbow, or golden patina.

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Collection of 42 Egyptian Faience Amulets

Estimate $4,000 - $6,000Jul 19, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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