Ancient Egyptian Gold Nefer Amulet

$413.89

A very fine Ancient Egyptian gold amulet depicting nefer, two suspension loops have been applied to the top and bottom with the top one now blocked. The back is flat and unadorned.

Date: 1550-1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom
Condition: Very fine. Some signs of ageing on the surface.

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SKU: MG-27 Category:

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. As a hieroglyph nefer, phonogram nfr,  writes as “good”, “beautiful” and “happy”, suggesting its amuletic form was meant to bring good wishes and luck to 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.

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

Weight 0.53 g
Dimensions L 0.3 x H 1.3 cm
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Metal

Reference: For a similar item, please see The Metropolitan Museum, Item 26.8.135a

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