Amulet, Khum

Production date
Circa 664 BCE-323 BCE
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Object detail

Green glazed Egyptian faience amulet of Khum, the ram headed diety. Threadhole crafted on top of the amulet. Some loss to glaze.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian amulet
Production date
Circa 664 BCE-323 BCE
Production place
L19mm x W12mm x D30mm
Media/Materials description
Egyptian faience is a ceramic material with a siliceous body and brightly coloured glaze.
Faience (composed of quartz, alkaline salts [natron or plant ash], lime, and metallic mineral-based colorant)
Glaze (formed by alkali and lime reacting with silica to form the glaze)
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 amulet probably symblises Khum, the Ram headed god associated with the Nile, potters, power, creation and fertility. This amulet was designed to be worn as a pendant and likley dates to the Late Period (c 664-525 BC).
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