A delicate Egyptian faience amulet of the goddess Isis, typically portrayed in a form-fitting dress. She is depicted striding forward with her arms by her side. On her head she wears a tripartite wig with the throne crown associated with Isis. The back is unadorned and she stands on a rectangular base.
Date: Circa 1550 – 1070 BC Period: New Kingdom Period Condition: Fine condition, repairs around the neck and to the back.
Isis was an extremely important figure within the Egyptian pantheon and her cult had extreme longevity, surviving the expansion of the Roman Empire into Egypt. She was a figure associated not just with kingship (as her role as Osiris’ consort) but also for the whole of Egypt as a protective mother-figure. She was acknowledged as a role model for mothers and gained the characteristic of a protection deity. Isis amulets were used for protection or to help with fertility, they were mainly worn by mothers but also the deceased for protection in the afterlife.
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