An amulet of a vulture in the semi-precious stone, lapis lazuli. The details of the feathers are finely defined, and the eye is depicted in shallow relief. There is a ribbed and pierced loop on the top of the back of the bird. The reverse is flat and unmodelled.
This is a rare amulet from a sought-after period.
Date: Circa 14th century BC Period: New Kingdom, Amarna Period Provenance: Ex Foxwell family collection; 1920-1940 Condition: A horizontal break neatly repaired, half way up. Otherwise in Very Fine condition.
The vulture was an example of an apotropaic amulet: instead of offering protection, they represented the danger to be averted. The vulture was to be feared for its devouring of corpses.
The Amarna period relates specifically to the latter half of the 18th Dynasty (circa. 14th century BC), and to the reign of Tutankhamun’s father, Akhenaten, who altered the polytheistic Ancient Egyptian religion. The period saw the initial development of monotheistic religion, in which the sun-god Aten was worshipped above the other Egyptian gods.
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