An Egyptian glossy cobalt blue faience amulet depicting a palmette with the two outer branches ending in a slight curl. The reverse is unworked. The suspension loop at the top of the amulet is now missing.
Date: Circa 1550-1069 BC Period: New Kingdom Period Condition: Fine, suspension loop is now missing.
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 precise significance of the palmette is unknown, though plant imagery and amulets were typically symbolic of new life.
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