Ancient Egyptian Faience Nephthys Amulet

£ 575.00

An ancient Egyptian amulet in light turquoise glazed faience depicting the goddess Nephthys. The deity is shown striding with her left leg forward, as she keeps her elongated arms stiff at either side of her bare stomach. Such a stance, known as the ‘left foot forward’ stance, is one of the oldest standing figure types in Ancient Egyptian art. Later adopted and developed in Ancient Greece, it set the basis for the evolution of dynamism in sculptural art. Recognisable by her typical basket-shaped headdress, Nephthys is one of the four protectresses of the dead. She is the sister of Isis and Osiris, and the wife of Seth. She is found on every mummy, usually on the upper torso and in the company of Isis.

Date: Circa 1000 - 500 BC
Period: Third Intermediate - Late Dynastic Period
Condition: Fine condition. Some dulling of the glaze.


SKU: MG-356 Category: Tag:

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.

Amulets held different meanings, depending on their type or form. Small amulets depicting gods and goddesses seem to have induced the protective powers of the deity. On the other hand, small representations of anatomical features or creatures suggest that the wearer required protection over a specific body part, or that he/she desired the skills of a particular animal. Amulets depicting animals were very common in the Old Kingdom Period, whilst representations of deities gained popularity in the Middle Kingdom. Nephthys was the sister of Isis. She was usually depicted with the symbol of a house and basket on her head, as she is here. The name ‘Nephthys’ translates to “Lady of the Enclosure”, and she was often associated with the domain of the home and temple. She was thus also known as a priestess.

To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings: Ancient Egyptian Gods.

Weight 2.5 g
Dimensions L 1.25 x H 4.1 cm



Egyptian Mythology

Reference: For a similar item, please see The Museum of Fine Arts Budapest, item 51.468

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