Ancient Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Poppy Amulets

A selection of vibrant ancient Egyptian lapis lazuli amulets, each is finely-carved, and designed in the form of a poppy seed or cornflower head. Each amulet features a piercing at the top for suspension.

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Date: Circa 1550 - 1069 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Fine condition.
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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.

Poppy or cornflower amulets often appear in association with the healing, removal of pain and death. Amulets of this type were also associated to the Egyptian god Osiris, who was the god of agriculture as well as death and the afterlife. Both flowers were common all over Egypt, but especially around the Nile.  As in modern symbolism, poppies also carried associations with rebirth and resilience due to the hardy nature of the plant. Due to their similar shape it is often hard to distinguish between the representation of each amulet. Poppy amulets were often made of carnelian to represent the actual flower and we could assume the cornflower was often represented in lapis or blue faience. However, semi precious stones had their own significance and it is not unlikely that amulets were made in varying materials to depict the symbolism of the medium.

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