venerdì 24 febbraio 2017

[#3] Egyptian amulet: faience eye of Horus (wedjat)

Egyptian amulet: faience eye of Horus (wedjat)

Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 663 - 404 BC

Material: faience


Size: 0.7 x 1.0 cms


Collection: Italian private collection (acquired from a British art gallery in 2017)



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Egyptian bichrome faience Wedjat amulet (the eye of Horus) belonging to the Late Period. The longitudinal hole suggests it was used as a wearable accessory, maybe in a necklace or in a bracelet.

Wedjat amulets were very common amulets in the ancient Egypt. They are often made in faience, often bichrome (black and blue/green) and could symbolize the Sun (Ra) or the Moon (Osiris).



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domenica 12 febbraio 2017

Faience ushabtis similar to the [#2] one

Here is a selection of ushabtis that are similar to the faience one in the Virtual Museum [#2]. They probably come from its same grave and same mold.


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venerdì 3 febbraio 2017

[#2] Egyptian faience ushabti

Egyptian faience ushabti

Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 554 - 332 BC (27th - 30th dynasty)

Material: faience


Size: 10.2 x 2.6 cms


Collection: Italian private collection (acquired from a Dutch art gallery in 2017 - before part of a Germn collection formed in the 1970s)



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Here is a collection of similar ushabtis from the same mold.


Inscribed Egyptian faience ushabti belonging to the Late Period (27th - 30th dynasty). The figure follows the funerary tradition: it is mummiform with crossed arms and Osirian beard. It wears a typical headress and brings two agricultural tools in his hands. The frontal vertical panel is inscribed with hieroglyphs.

In ancient Egypt, Ushabti (or Shabits) were funerary figures placed in tombs among the grave goods. They were intended to act as servants of the deceased (above all in agricultual works). Their use started during the Middle Kingdom and developed through the following centuries. The most common materials were faience, wood and pottery. The inscriptions were taken from the 6th chapter of the "Book of the Dead" or from other funerary traditions.

Soon a hypotesis on the ushabti text will be published on this blog.


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mercoledì 25 gennaio 2017

[#1] Egyptian amulet: faience papyrus

Egyptian amulet: faience papyrus

Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 663 - 404 BC

Material: faience


Size: 3.6 x 0.9 cms


Collection: Italian private collection (acquired from a Dutch art gallery in 2017 - before part of a Dutch collecion formed in the 1990s)



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Typical Egyptian faience papyrus amulet belonging to the Late Period. The hole on the top suggests it was used as a pendant.

Papyrus amulets were very common amulets in the ancient Egypt. They are often made in faience or lapis lazuli with a color range shifting from green to blue. The papyrus amulets symbolized youthful force and vitality.



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lunedì 16 gennaio 2017

[#0] Egyptian amulet: cornelian scarab

Egyptian amulet: cornelian scarab 

Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 600 - 500 BC

Material: cornelian


Size: 1.1 x 0.8 cms


Collection: Italian private collection (acquired from an Italian art gallery in 2016)


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Egyptian cornelian scarab amulet belonging to the Late Period. The carving on the top surface outlines the head, the chest and the elytra. The bottom oval surface is devoid of epigraphs. The longitudinal hole suggests his use by the living, for beauty and protection purposes.

Scarabs were among the most common amulets in the ancient Egypt. They symbolized the god Ra and the cycle of death and rebirth. They were used both by the living (such as this cornelian scarab) and the dead (such as the "Heart Scarab" highly important in the ritual of mummification).