Ancient Egyptian Turquoise Faience Amulet of Ptaichos
An Ancient Egyptian double-sided turquoise faience amulet of the dwarf-god Ptaichos, portrayed nude and squatting with his hand clasped on his protruding stomach. His legs are bent out to the sides and his head is disproportionally large. His facial features are also unusually large and exaggerated. The Ancient Egyptians wore amulets alongside other pieces of jewellery. Amulets were decorative, but also served a practical purpose, being considered to bestow power and protection upon the wearer. Many amulets have been found inside the wrappings of mummies, as they were used to prepare the deceased for the afterlife.
Date: Circa 664-332 BC Period: Late Period Condition: Extremely fine, complete and intact.
The god Ptaichos is so-called after a passage in Herodotus, which describes the protection-possessing power belonging to the image of a Phoenician dwarf. He was known as the son of Ptah, the craftsman’s god. In Old Kingdom scenes depicting daily life, dwarfs were always present among the workers in precious metal workshops. Ptaichos became very popular from the New Kingdom onwards, often shown holding snakes, making them harmless to people and children, and therefore was thought to provide protection against snakes and crocodiles.
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