Ancient Egyptian Carnelian Fly Amulet


A vibrant ancient Egyptian fly amulet made of semi-precious carnelian, displayed with wings open and incised detailing to the body and face. The amulet has been pierced for suspension and the reverse has been left undecorated.


Date: Circa 1550–1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Very fine


SKU: AH-753 Category: Tags: ,

The Egyptians wore amulets alongside other pieces of jewellery. They were decorative, but also served a practical purpose, being considered to bestow power and protection upon the wearer. Many of the amulets have been found inside the wrappings of mummies, as they were used to prepare the deceased for the afterlife.

The symbolism related to the fly is uncertain, however ancient Egyptians wore fly-shaped amulets as a protection symbol against disease and misfortune. Interestingly, during the New Kingdom, a fly-shaped pendant called the Golden Fly (also known as the golden Fly of Valor or The Order of the golden Fly) was honoured by the pharaoh to Egyptian military for persistence and valour in battles.

To discover more about amulets in ancient Egypt, please visit our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings.

Weight 0.3 g
Dimensions L 1.3 x W 0.6 cm



Semi-Precious Stones