A fine Ancient Egyptian gold amulet depicting the hieroglyph ‘nefer’. The amulet consists of a thing, long stem which flares outwards into a rounded bottom. There are two suspension loops, which have been applied to the top and bottom, with the top one now blocked. The back is flat and unadorned. The ‘nefer’ hieroglyph has been described as depicting a heart and trachea, leading away from the organ.
Date: Circa 1550-1070 BC Period: New Kingdom Period Condition: Fine. Some signs of ageing. The top suspension loop is filled with encrustation.
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. As a hieroglyph, ‘nefer’, phonogram nfr, writes as “good”, “beautiful” and “happy”, suggesting its amuletic form was meant to bestow positive affirmations on the wearer. This particular amulet was common in open-work collars from the 18th Dynasty; many gold examples have been retrieved from the burial of the wives of Tuthmosis III, as well as from pit 55 in the Valley of the Kings.
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