Egyptian Red Fly Amulet
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 (1550–1070 BCE) 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 the owner.
This beautiful 3000yr old amulet is finely carved in jasper, and measures 14mm along its length.
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2018. Previously forming part of an early 20th century collection.