An Egyptian Diorite Sun Disc Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
An Egyptian Diorite Sun Disc Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE

An Egyptian Diorite Sun Disc Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE


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a sun disc on a square plinth carved from black and white banded diorite.

The sun disc amulet is unique to the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty and later; it is made in particular from lapis lazuli or dark-colored stone such as serpentine or basalt. With possession of this amulet, the deceased could expect to be united with the sun god during his passage across the sky and through the Underworld to be reborn each morning. It is often found near the stomach of mummies. 

Ref: Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, p. 88 - 89, no. 90d.


Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.

Provenance: Private collection of Geoffrey Metz, Egyptologist and curator of Egyptian antiquities at the Gustavianum Museum, Uppsala University, Sweden. Metz catalogue number M422.

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