This amulet is part of long lasting tradition of amulets in Ancient Egyptian religious and cultural practice.

A payrus amulet asking for rebirth, is from the Armana period. This is a period in Ancient Egypt where the seat of the King and Queen was based in the city of Armana, further up the Nile than Cairo but nearer the sea than Luxor!

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Amarna Period, c. 14th century BC. Egyptian. Papyrus column amulet. The papyrus column is the hieroglyph for wadj meaning ‘green’ or ‘fresh’ and so it invoked the cyclical revival of vegetation for the afterlife of the tomb owner, allowing them to flourish and be reborn in the next life like plants after winter.

Size: L:42mm / W:13mm ; 5g

Provenance: From a private London collection; acquired on the UK art market in the 1960s/70s.

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