EGYPTIAN CARNELIAN SNAKE COMPOSITE AMULET LATE PERIOD, CIRCA 664-332 B.C.

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Carnelian snake-head amulet, plano-convex in section. The cobra, a common inhabitant of the Nile River's floodplain, has a deadly bite. Wearing an amulet in the form of a cobra's head would have been considered an effective way to prevent an attack, an event feared by both the living and the dead. Amulets like this one were made for use in the afterlife.

Provenance:

UK private collection, collected between 1970-2000.


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CivilizationEGYPTIAN
PeriodLATE DYNASTIC PERIOD
DateCIRCA 664-525 B.C.
MaterialCARNELIAN
MountedNO

EGYPTIAN CARNELIAN SNAKE COMPOSITE AMULET

LATE PERIOD, CIRCA 664-332 B.C.

Carnelian snake-head amulet, plano-convex in section. The cobra, a common inhabitant of the Nile River's floodplain, has a deadly bite. Wearing an amulet in the form of a cobra's head would have been considered an effective way to prevent an attack, an event feared by both the living and the dead. Amulets like this one were made for use in the afterlife. 

Height: 0.79" (2 cms)

Condition: Intact.

Bibliography

Petrie, Flinders W.M. Amulets illustrated by the Egyptian Collection in University College, London. 1994 item 97(c").

Provenance:

UK private collection, collected between 1970-2000.

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