Selection of Ancient Egyptian Jasper Poppy Seed Amulets


A selection of ancient Egyptian red jasper amulets, each is designed and finely carved in the form of a poppy seed head. All amulets feature a piercing at the top for suspension.

Date: 664-332 B.C.
Period: Late Period
Provenance: Acquired 1970s-1996. Property of a North American collector. London collection, 2016.
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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.

Poppy or cornflower amulets often appear in association with healing, the 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 commonly found across Egypt, but especially around the Nile. Poppies also carried associations with rebirth and resilience due to the hardy nature of the plant.

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

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