Selection of Egyptian Yellow Faience Mandrake Amulets
A selection of Egyptian glossy faience amulets modelled in the shape of mandrake fruits of various sizes. Each amulets displays a lustrous yellow colour, with details added in blue, and two suspension sloops, one at each end. The reverse remains otherwise flat and unworked. Characteristic of New Kingdom faience amulets, are the flat and unworked reverse and the suspension loop to the top.
Date: Circa 1353-1336 BC Period: Amarna Period Condition: Fine condition. Suspension loops might have been restored with artificial glue, a common practice for this kind of amulets.
The mandrake became a popular image in Egyptian art because the plant and its berries were associated with the concepts of love and desire, possibly to be achieved or aided by a potion made from the plant. Across the Ancient world, there are a number of pieces that would have been worn by their owners for the sake of protection, primarily amulets. Jewellery of this apotropaic nature most often takes shape in the form of pendants, and we find them in abundance from a number of civilisations, especially Egypt. These amulets covered a broad range of subjects in their iconography.
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