Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Amulet of an Ibis


A vibrant blue lapis lazuli Egyptian amulet of an ibis, representing the god Thoth. The bird is depicted in a squatting position with incised detailing to the wings, eyes and beak. The body rests on a flat, rectangular base.

Date: Circa 664–332 BC
Period: Late Period
Condition: Very fine condition


SKU: AH-766 Category: Tags: ,

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 god Thoth is known as the keeper and recorder of all knowledge, and as the inventor of language. Thoth is often depicted as a man with the head of a baboon or ibis, as these animals were scared to him. He is usually shown as an ape in underworld settings, whereas he features in paintings and carvings predominantly as an ibis.

To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings: Ancient Egyptian Gods.

Weight 1.4 g
Dimensions L 1.7 x H 1.1 cm


Egyptian Mythology


Semi-Precious Stones

Reference: For similar: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, item 10.130.2069