Timeless are pleased to offer this intricately carved late-period Egyptian lotus amulet, dating from 664 - 332 B.C.E.
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.
Named as 'sesen' by the ancient Egyptians, the lotus was associated with the sun god Amun-Ra and symbolisd rebirth, regeneration and reincarnation. This beautiful two-and-a-half thousand year old amulet is finely carved in jasper, and measures 13mm along its length.
EGYPTIAN RED LOTUS AMULET
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2018. Previously forming part of an important, London-based collection formed in the 1980s.