The lion was much admired for its fierceness and bravery, but it is a rather rare subject for decoration on an amulet. However, like all dwellers of deserts, lions were believed to have regenerative capabilities ( it is no accident for example that Tutankhamun’s funerary beds and all embalming tables were in the shape of a lion) and it is probably this reason that underlies its use here.
A Phoenicio-Egyptian Lion Amuletic Pendant
An Egyptian amulet in turquoise-blue faience, decorated to one side with a lion in recumbent position. The amulet is pierced longitudinally for suspension and has a plain flat reverse.
Period: Ptolemaic Period
Condition: Very fine condition with light surface accretions.