Egyptian Necklace with Lapis Lazuli Palmette Amulet

GBP 700.00

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Object Description

An elegant Ancient Egyptian restrung necklace with Amarna period blue faience beads. The cylindrical faience beads alternate between a deep lapis and turquoise shades. A single lapis lazuli palmette amulet is suspended from the necklace, flanked by small crystal and turquoise beads. The piece is elegant in its simplicity.

The Amarna Period of Egyptian history began with the reign of Akhenaten, the father of Tutankhamun in 1353 BC, and lasted up until 1292 BC. Palmettes were a common decorative motif in Ancient Egypt and have been linked with life and death, divinity and the sun. Amulets in varying shapes and materials were extremely popular in Ancient Egypt as they were believed to provide beneficial effects depending on their material or imagery. Many amulets have been found inside the wrappings of mummies, as they were used to prepare the deceased for the afterlife. The precise significance of the palmette is unknown, though plant imagery and amulets were typically symbolic of new life.

Date: Circa 1353 – 1336 BC

Object Condition

Fine, the necklace has been restrung.

Object Details

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Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James