Egyptian New Kingdom Stone Lotus Amulet

£175.00

The deep red-orange hardstone of this amulet has been carefully crafted with smooth edges to resemble a lotus flower. The attachment loop is part of the piece, and is almost undetectable from the front of the amulet. The central column flares at the bottom, while two further columns on the left and right are angled at the bottom to imitate the petals of the flower.

Date: Circa 16th - 11th Century BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Fine condition.

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Product Code: AS-1288
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The Egyptians wore amulets alongside other pieces of jewellery. They were decorative, but also served a practical purpose, being considered to bestow power and protection upon the wearer. Many of the amulets have been found inside the wrappings of mummies, as they were used to prepare the deceased for the afterlife.

The lotus was an important symbol in the ancient world, as it stood for rebirth and creation. Lotus flowers open during the day, and close at night, thus illustrating the journey of the god, Khepri, who rolled the sun across the earth, and in doing so created day and night. Lotus flowers are also born from the mud at the bottom of lakes, before rising to the surface: such symbolism may have been applied to burial contexts in ancient Egypt, providing a powerful and optimistic metaphor for rebirth.

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