A selection of fine Ancient Egyptian gold amulets depicting the hieroglyph ‘nefer’. The amulets consist of a thing, long stem which flares outwards into a rounded bottom. There are two suspension loops, which have been applied to the top and bottom. The back is flat and unadorned. The ‘nefer’ hieroglyph has been described as depicting a heart and trachea, leading away from the organ.
Date: Circa 1550-1070 BC Period: New Kingdom Period Condition: Fine. Some signs of ageing. Encrustation to the surface.
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. As a hieroglyph, ‘nefer’, phonogram nfr, writes as “good”, “beautiful” and “happy”, suggesting its amuletic form was meant to bestow positive affirmations on the wearer. This particular amulet was common in open-work collars from the 18th Dynasty; many gold examples have been retrieved from the burial of the wives of Tuthmosis III, as well as from pit 55 in the Valley of the Kings.
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