A selection of Egyptian stylised mandrake fruits amulets of varying sizes, modelled in red faience with details added in blue faience. Each amulet features two suspension loops, one at each end. Characteristic of New Kingdom faience amulets, are the flat and unworked reverse and the suspension loop to the top.
Date: Circa 1550-1069 BC Period: New Kingdom 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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