Egyptian Pharaonic Bust Amulet


An ancient Egyptian carnelian amulet of a youthful Pharaoh bust, featuring a suspension loop to the top. The finely-carved Pharaoh is shown wearing a variation of the Deshret Red Crown, with rearing Uraeus cobra to the brow.

Date: 664 - 30 BC
Period: Late Dynastic - Ptolemaic Period
Provenance: From an important Mayfair, London, collection: previously acquired from a Mayfair gallery before 1999.
Condition: Excellent condition.


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Deshret was the formal name for the Red Crown of Lower Egypt: a red bowl-shaped crown with a protruding curlicue. Many crowns were worn by the Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt, each of them with a different meaning of symbolic significance.

The Uraeus cobra symbol derives from the Egyptian word ‘iaret’, meaning ‘the risen one’, taken from the image of a cobra rising up in protection. It was used on the front of the headdresses of gods and Pharaohs as an emblem of supreme power and authority.

To find out more about the use of carnelian in Ancient Egyptian culture please see our relevant blog post: The Significance of Carnelian in Ancient Egyptian Culture.

Weight 1.6 g
Dimensions L 1.7 cm


Semi-Precious Stones