664 BCE-525 BCE Country
Egypt See full details
Amulet, of vibrant blue glazed faience, depicting the Egyptian goddess Nepthys, the protector of the dead. Complete, with threadhole on side.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian amulet
H25mm x W6mm x D8mm
Faience, blue glazed
History and use
Ancient Egyptian beliefs concerning the afterlife are well known. Death was the entering of a new phase of being. Ancient Egyptians believed in many different deities, often represeted by amulets. Amulets served as magical objects, deriving their power from colours, materials and colours They offered protection both in daily life and the hereafter. Amulets were work as jewellery, concealed in clothing, and were placed in the wrappings of the deceased or placed in tombs. This faience amulet is a representation of Nephthys, protector of the dead.