18th dynasty, c. 1390-1352 BC. Egyptian. Faience amulet of an open hand holding an outstretched girl in a swimming position. The pose and appearance of the girl is highly reminiscent of ‘cosmetic spoons’ appearing from the reign of Amenhotep III, which employ handles shaped like this object’s girl. The meaning and significance of the girl used in the spoons is still hotly debated, and this amulet is a highly unique object whose amuletic significance is yet to be revealed. The use of a hand in amulets is better understood, and it signifies power and capability.
Size: L:70mm / W:37mm ; 29g
Provenance: From a private London collection; acquired on the UK art market in the 1960s/70s.