Egyptian Red Faience Poppy Amulet


A very fine Ancient Egyptian red faience amulet which has been finely-carved, and designed in the form of a poppy seed head or cornflower. The amulet features an attached loop at the top for suspension and has been pierced from underneath.

Date: Circa 1550-1069 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Excellent condition, complete and intact.


SKU: CS-186 Category: Tag:

Poppy or cornflower amulets often appear in association with the healing and removal of pain and death. Amulets of this type were also associated with the Egyptian god Osiris, who was the god of agriculture as well as death and the afterlife. Both flowers were common all over Egypt, but especially around the Nile. As in modern symbolism, poppies also carried associations with rebirth and resilience due to the hardy nature of the plant. Due to their similar shape it is often hard to distinguish between the representation of each amulet. Poppy amulets were often made of carnelian to represent the actual flower and we could assume the cornflower was often represented in lapis or blue faience. However, semi precious stones had their own significance and it is not unlikely that amulets were made in varying materials, including faience, to depict the symbolism of the medium.

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

Weight 0.34 g
Dimensions L 1.4 x W 0.5 cm



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