Egyptian Bead Necklace with Lapis Lazuli Lotus Flower Amulets


A restrung necklace string of glazed fusiform and spherical beads, with seventeen lapis lazuli lotus flower pendants to the front.

Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Provenance: Property of a North London gentleman; previously in a 1940s collection.
Condition: Very fine condition; with a modern clasp.


SKU: EH-081 Category: Tags: ,

The lotus was an important symbol in the ancient world, as it stood for rebirth and creation. Lotus flowers open during the day, and close at night, thus illustrating the journey of the god, Khepri, who rolled the sun across the earth, and in doing so created day and night. Lotus flowers are also born from the mud at the bottom of lakes, before rising to the surface: such symbolism may have been applied to burial contexts in ancient Egypt, providing a powerful and optimistic metaphor for rebirth. It was believed that the lotus flower gave strength and power, and for this reason is often found in tomb decorations and in amulet form.

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


Weight 23 g
Dimensions L 64 cm



Semi-Precious Stones

Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 26.7.1375.