An Egyptian Carnelian Poppy Amulet,
New Kingdom, Amarna Period, ca. 1336-1327 BCE
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The Egyptians believed carnelian was endowed with magical powers; it caused the blood to circulate smoothly throughout the body, made the skin healthy and youthful, and was capable of warding off evil. Since wearing carnelian also makes one feel peaceful and slow to anger, it was theorized the color orange is the harmonious balance of passionate, creative red and bright, cheerful yellow, making it particularly soothing to wear.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Amulet length: 1.5 cm (0.59 inches). Strung on an adjustable 22-inch chain of 14K gold.
Provenance: Hon. Emily Kemp private collection, sister of the 1st Lord Rochdale. Acquired on her travels in Egypt at the turn of the 20th century, sold by Sotheby's London West Wycombe Park sale, 22-24 June 1998, lots #425 and 425C (part).
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