Timeless are pleased to offer this intricately carved late-period Egyptian Papyrus Flower 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.
Papyrus is a plant-based material similar to thick paper that was used in ancient times as a writing surface. First manufactured in Egypt as far back as the fourth millennium BCE, over 6000 years ago, the earliest archaeological evidence of papyrus was excavated in 2012 and 2013 at Wadi al-Jarf, an ancient Egyptian harbour located on the Red Sea coast. These documents date from c. 2560–2550 BCE (end of the reign of Khufu) - the papyrus rolls describe the last years of building the Great Pyramid of Giza!
This beautiful two-and-a-half thousand-year-old amulet is finely carved in hardstone, and measures 13mm along its length.
EGYPTIAN PAPYRUS FLOWER AMULET
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2018. Previously forming part of an important, London-based collection formed in the 1980s.