Egyptian Faience Lotus Petal Amulet

£125.00

An Egyptian faience lotus petal amulet featuring visible traces of the original pale blue and slight pale yellow glaze to the top and bottom of the petal, respectively. The amulet displays a suspension loop at the top for attachment.

Date: Circa 1550-1069 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Fine condition, with slight chip to the tip of petal. Suspension loop might have been restored with artificial glue, a common practice for this kind of amulet.

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Lotus flowers were very popular among the Egyptians and were frequently found in households and gardens. The lotus flower held strong symbolisation, white lotus flowers opened during the day and closed at night representing rebirth and creation while blue lotus flowers opened at night and closed during the day representing the renewal of life. The flower was very precious to Egyptians, they were given as offering to the gods and in religious ceremonies. Through Egyptian art, the lotus is incorporated in many scenes of mythology and legends. For example, the Book of the Dead presents the large flower in between the gods Ra Atum and Ammit. The lotus was often depicted in the god of healing, Nefertem’s crown and in relating imagery with Osiris, the god of the underworld, strengthening the symbolisation of rebirth, and importance of the flower in Ancient Egyptian culture.

Weight 1 g
Dimensions L 3.9 cm
Culture

Region

Faience

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