Amulets like this have an important role in religious and cultural burial practices in Ancient Egypt.

This is made from stone and its ambiguous female design could have been to make it more marketable to those who needed an amulet!

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New Kingdom – Late Period, c. 1550-323 BC. Egyptian. Brown stone amulet of a seated woman, wearing a tripartite wig with a suspension loop above, and her body is schematised with two bumps at the front to represent hands, and a plinth below. This may represent an undefined goddess, a queen, a man’s wife, or even womanhood itself; the ambiguous design might have been an intentional move by the craftsman to sell it to anyone who needed a somewhat female amulet.

Size: L:24mm / W:11mm ; 2g

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

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