A steatite stone ancient Egyptian amulet in the form of a double ostrich feather. The front is flat with a shallow central groove delineating the two plumes. The reverse features a solid suspension loop for hanging. The green and red mottled stone is particularly attractive. A very fine amulet.
Date: Circa 664–332 BC Period: Late Period Condition: Excellent condition.
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 wearer of a double plumes ostrich amulet would have been imbued with divine dignity and majesty.
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