A rare Egyptian faience amulet depicting the snake-headed god Nehebkau, Late Period, c. 664 - 332 BC, depicted seated with arms supporting his serpentine head. Nehebkau, 'He Who Unites the Kas', was seen as one of the primeval gods who swam the primeval water before creation. He was seen to bring together the 'ka' (the soul or spirit of a person, plant or animal) and their physical form. Images of the deity were used as protection against snake bites and scorpion stings, as well as overall protection. They are seldom encountered and this is a nice example! H: 1 1/5 in (3cm). Mounted on a wood base. Ex estate of architect Paul-Henri Lapointe, acquired in Paris throughout the 1940s-60.
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