A steatite stone ancient Egyptian amulet in the form of a double ostrich feather. Both the front and reverse are flat with a shallow central groove delineating the two plumes. The red mottled stone is particularly attractive.
Date: Circa 664–332 BC Period: Late Period Condition: Very fine condition.
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. The wearer of a double plume ostrich amulet would have been imbued with divine dignity and majesty. The double plume was associated with the divine law demonstrated by its frequent appearance on crowns of divine beings such as Osiris and Amun.
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