Egyptian Necklace with Blue Faience and Carnelian Fly Amulets
A beautifully crafted Egyptian restrung necklace featuring blue faience cylindrical-shaped beads and flattened, multi-coloured faience beads. The necklace is further enriched at its centre by two red carnelian fly amulets, and a larger fly amulet carved from grey hard stone.
Date: Circa 1069-744 BC Period: Third Intermediate Period Condition: Very fine condition. The necklace has been finished with a small gold plated clasp, but please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied. The measurements given apply to the folded necklace.
The purpose of fly amulets is uncertain; scholars have different hypotheses regarding this symbol. Some believe it was awarded for military achievement because of the fly’s resemblance to enemies’ persistence at war and also because of the fly’s tendency of hanging around battlefields were blood was shed. Others don’t agree entirely with this thesis as samples of fly amulets have been found in women’s and butlers’ tombs, individuals not active in war. One other possible intention of this amulet was to bestow the notorious fecundity of the fly to the wearer. However uncertain the significance of this symbol is, the fly also appears in many ancient neighbouring cultures, from Nubia to the Greek island of Cyprus.
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