Timeless are pleased to offer this intricately carved Egyptian Fly Amulet, dating from the Amarna Period, (1353–1336 B.C.E), when the royal residence of the pharaoh and his queen was shifted to Akhetaten ('Horizon of the Aten') in what is now Amarna.
The Egyptians, in all their kingdoms, were lovers of the amulet, which they believed to provide protection, promote well-being, and bring good fortune.
Amulets were placed under and in their houses, set up in their tombs and temples, tucked into the wrappings of their mummified dead, or like this particular piece, worn on the body as a charm. Of the hundreds of known amulet types, the New Kingdom saw an increase in the number of animal amulets produced including the fly amulet (known as ofef) – which were thought to bestow tenacity and strength on their owner.
With an excellent provenance, this beautiful 3000 year old amulet is finely carved in a green hardstone and measures 13mm along its length.
Now available at the Timeless Galleries.
EGYPTIAN GREEN FLY AMULET
Formerly part of the well respected Michael Nellist Collection, Cornwall, UK.