An Egyptian Faience 'Red Crown' Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EA2034Regular price $450 USD
Of green-glazed faience, depicting the Red Crown of Lower Egypt, shaped in a low cylinder with a tall back spike and an uncurling spiral projected at the front, connected by a filled-in outline, with a hole drilled for attachment.
Interestingly, aside from a few early examples carved from carnelian, amulets of this type are usually of green glazed composition, as seen here. These amulets are considered ones of power, as the crown would only have been worn by the pharaoh and certain deities, so such amulets, when placed on the mummy of a commoner, would imbue them with the same aura of power and authority as the pharaoh or deity.
For a very similar example see: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, accession #57.504
Ref: Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, London: British Museum Press (1994) p. 75
Dimensions: Height: 7/8 inches (2.2 cm)
Condition: With some minor surface wear and deposits, overall intact and in very good condition.
Provenance: Private NY collection, acquired Christie's in the early 1990s.
An Egyptian Faience Amulet of a Heart Vase, Roman Period, ca. 30 BCE
EA1925Regular price $450 USD
A vase in the form of a heart, two-handled. Dark green glaze with yellow stripes on handles.
Found at Dendera, Upper Egypt. Petrie 70j. #6411
Dimensions: Length: 7/8 inch (2.2 cm)
Condition: Intact and in good condition overall.
Provenance: Ex. Phillip Mitry, 1976, thereafter the Harer Family Trust Collection. Presented on original Mitry card with typed description.
A Sassanian Chalcedony Dome Seal, Late Sassanian Period, ca. 5th - 6th century CE
MA2006Regular price $400 USD
A round dome seal pierced through the center for attachment, the flat oval bezel inscribed with a pomegranate branch featuring three petals, two downturned leaves, and a stem that emerges at a straight base stroke.
Common motifs in Sasanian art, pomegranates are usually as a flower or fruiting plant, and is a symbol of fruitfulness and prosperity.
For related examples see: Christopher J. Brunner, Sasanian Stamp Seals in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1978), pp. 118 - 119, nos. 142, 170.
Dimensions: Length: 1.7 cm (0.66 inches), Width: 1.6 cm (0.62 inches)
Condition: Minor surface wear, overall intact and in very good condition.
Provenance: Alex Malloy collection, acquired 1980s-1990s.
An Egyptian Faience Bes Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EA2104Regular price $395 USD
Carved in deep blue-green faience, the protector god portrayed as a nude dwarf on an integrated base. His large feather crown surmounting grotesque facial features, with protruding tongue and the ears and mane of a lion, with bandy legs and hands hanging on either side of his protruding belly, standing on a plinth with a back pillar.
Background: This dwarf-like, protective deity was very popular in ancient Egypt. Known as early as the Middle Kingdom (ca. 2000 BC), Bes was venerated as a protector of the home, family, and childbirth, and for that reason figures prominently in domestic magic and amulets. His close connection to all aspects of fertility and sexuality is demonstrated by the presence of his image in the "Birth-houses", shrines associated with temples of the Late and Greco-Roman periods. He also had a special relation to the goddess Hathor and performed in her retinue as a musician and dancer.
Dimensions: Length: 2.3 cm (0.90 inches)
Condition: With a loss to the base, otherwise in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Ex Dr Joseph Touma, Virginia, acquired from Christie's in 1993.
A Sumerian Limestone Amulet of Zubu bull, ca. 3rd - 2nd millennium BCE
MA2009Regular price $200 USD
Shown standing on stocky limbs supporting a stout body, large head, a pair of protrusions representing horns, and distinctive hump above the shoulders. With a vertically-drilled suspension hole through the body for attachment.
Dimensions: Height: 13 mm (0.51 inches), Length: 22 mm (3/4 inch)
Condition: heavy surface wear, overall intact and in fair condition overall.
Provenance: RDA private collection, acquired from the NY trade as part of a collection assembled in the 1970s and 1980s.
An Egyptian Diorite Sun Disc Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EA2128Regular price $750 USD
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.
An Egyptian Red Jasper Sun Disc Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EA2123Regular price $650 USD
Akhet sun-on-horizon amulets, such as this example, represent the two hills of the eastern horizon with the sun rising between them. Characteristic of the twenty-sixth dynasty and later, this amulet links the deceased with rebirth in the company of the newly risen sun. This example is finely carved from matte red jasper, and features a sun disc rising above a plinth with an inverted top edge.
For a similar example, see: Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (London, 1994), p. 88, no. 90e.
Dimensions: Length: 3/4 inch (2 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. A rare and fine example.
Provenance: Private collection of Geoffrey Metz, Egyptologist, Sweden, acquired from the trade in the 1990s. Metz catalog number M1012.
A tiny Sasanian Dome Seal of a Scorpion, ca. 3rd - 7th century CE
MA2104Regular price $350 USD
Hand-carved from agate, the perfectly rounded form with a flat face featuring a scorpion in right profile with a raised tail and extended pincers, pierced longitudinally for attachment.
Almost all scorpions have been interpreted in a benevolent context in Sasanian seals. When paired with a profile bust or personal device it shows good fortune. It also appears with other animals, plants, and objects of nature, indicating scorpions functioned as "auspicious earth symbols," rather than a malevolent or evil symbol that we associate with today.
Ref: Brunner, Christopher J., Sasanian Stamp Seals in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1978), p 113, nos. 86, 217.
Dimensions: Length: 1 cm (0.39 inches)
Condition: Intact and in very condition overall.
Provenance: Alex Malloy collection, acquired in the 1980s.
An Early Near Eastern Clay Seal, Late Uruk/Jemdet Nasr Period, ca. 3100 - 2900 BCE
MA2102Regular price $295 USD
Of pale buff clay, this very early seal is incised with a crosshatch pattern around the exterior, drilled for suspension.
Condition: Loss to one side, otherwise complete and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Length: 1.5 cm (0.59 inches)
Provenance: Alex Mallory collection, acquired in the 1970-80s.
An Egyptian Gold Applique of Horus, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332 - 30 BCE
EJ2119Regular price $3,500 USD
Period: Ptolemaic Period
Object Date: ca. 332-30 BCE
Dimensions: Height: 6 cm (2.3 inches)
One of the most important gods of ancient Egypt, the worship of the ancient falcon-form sky god Horus spanned over 5,000 years. Perforated at five points for attachment to a mummy shroud, this plaque is hand-made from hammered sheet gold foil and portrays the god in left profile in wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt.
Horus was not only a god of the sky, whose right eye was the sun and the left the moon, but the embodiment of divine kingship and protector of the reigning pharaoh. Through the assimilation with other major gods (Sun god; son of Isis and Osiris), Horus appears in many forms with extensive mythology. One of the major aspects of Horus’ cult is his link with the kingship of Egypt; his name was incorporated into the pharaonic titulary (“Living Horus on Earth”). For this reason, Horus was represented wearing the tall Double crown symbolizing his kingship over all Egypt.
Condition: Light crushing and denting throughout, but intact.
Provenance: Private New Jersey collection, acquired from the New York trade in 1998.
A rare Egyptian green Glazed Terracotta Plaque, New Kingdom, ca. 1550 - 1069 BCE
EA2070Regular price $750 USD
Condition: Minor loss to suspension loop otherwise intact and in very good condition overall, with good remaining traces of original green glaze.
Dimensions: Height: 1 1/4 inches (3 cm)
Provenance: Hansen private collection, Wisconsin, acquired from Susette Khayat, Ancient Art Objects New York, between 1955-58.