Ancient Egyptian Gold Amulet of Horus

$704.96

An extremely fine and beautiful example of an Egyptian cast gold amulet of the god Horus in his hawk form. Horus is depicted in a naturalistic manner, with his wings folded into his body. He is perched on a tall rectangular base. Some signs of ageing present on the surface. The amulet has been double pierced for suspension which are now blocked.

Date: Circa 1550-1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Incredibly fine, some signs of ageing on the surface.

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SKU: LD-258 Category: Tag:

Horus was commonly depicted with the head of a falcon and was a sky god, who looked after the sun and moon. They were said to be represented in each of his eyes, and thus the Eye of Horus, also known as ‘Wedjat’, was an ancient symbol of protection, particularly for the afterlife, as well as possessing the ability to deflect evil. 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.

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

Weight 1.21 g
Dimensions L 0.5 x H 1 cm
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Egyptian Mythology

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