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Votive offering - Woman, Sphinx votive grave item with Glyphs,
      26th - 32nd Dynasty, PTOLEMAIC,
      11 x 8 x 3 centimeters (4 1/2 inches by 3 inches by 1 1/8 inches)
      129 grams

This large offering would have been placed in the tomb as an offering to the Gods.  It was probably accompanied by prayer.  There are remnants of hieroglyphs on the back and nice facial detail.

ex. Riley collection - was scheduled to be part of the permanent exhibit at the San Diego Museum until the focus of the display shifted.  Sold for $1,000 in 1989.

$385.00

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Votive offering - Lion, Sphinx votive grave item,
      26th - 32nd Dynasty, PTOLEMAIC or earlier,
      7.5 x 5 x 2.5 centimeters (3 inches by 2 inches by 1 inch)
      76 grams

This statuette would have been placed in the tomb to protect the deceased or as an offering to the Gods.  There are remnants of white stucco and red paint on this lovely piece.  There is also a tag on the base from the original collection.

ex. Riley collection - was scheduled to be part of the permanent exhibit at the San Diego Museum until the focus of the display shifted.  Sold for $1,000 in 1989.

$385.00

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Anubis Amulet, Jackal headed man,
  height:  22 mm
  width:   10 mm 

Anubis is portrayed as a man with the head of a jackal holding the divine scepter carried by kings and gods. 

He had two major roles in Greek mythology.  The most important of his roles was to monitor the Scales of Truth to protect the dead from deception and eternal death.  The second was to protect the deceased from jackals and decay through mummification and embalming. 

Amulets like the one offered here were worn by the relatives of the deceased to protect their departed.

ex. Smith collection - this collection was put together in the early 1900s thru 1950s and legally exported pre-ww2.

$240.00

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Nut Amulet, Lapis, Third intermediate period,
  length:  20 mm
  width:   11 mm 

Nut, the sky Goddess, commonly represented as a sow, represents fertility and rebirth.  Amulets of nut would be worn to invoke the potency of Nut in human fertility and the phenomenon of rebirth.

Good style and color.

ex. Beirut collection; collected between 1940 and 1965.

$445.00

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Scarab, Stone with Glyphs, early 20th dynasty,
  length:  16 mm
  width:   11 mm 

Scarabs were worn as protective or luck amulets during life and also incorporated into the mummy bundle upon entombment.  This piece is one from entombment with glyphs probably bestowing best wishes to the deceased.

Good style and color.  Repair to front portion of face, otherwise intact.  Still wearable with pierced hole running lengthwise.

ex. Smith collection - this collection was put together in the early 1900s thru 1950s and legally exported pre-ww2.

$49.00

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Amarna Bes Amulet, Protector of the Pharaohs,
  1336 - 1353 BC
  height: 16 mm
  width:    8.5 mm

Bes, portrayed here gnarly dwarf, guarded against evil spirits and misfortune in general.  He was considered the protector of the Pharaohs as well as god of children, pleasure, music and dancing.

This amulet is of beautiful deep blue/green faience and a wonderful addition to any collection.  Still wearable with pierced hole above shoulders.

ex. Smith collection - this collection was put together in the early 1900s thru 1950s.  . and legally exported pre ww2.

$310.00

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Papyrus Scepter Amulet, Late Period,  light blue-green faience
  length:  15 mm
  width:     5 mm 

The papyrus scepter, representing a bundle of papyrus shoots, is a complicated symbol. In a practical sense it was a favorite amulet and symbol of scribes as papyrus was used for writing. Symbolically however, the rampant growth of the papyrus became symbolic of life and fertility, and as such the symbol took on more of a fertility connotation.

Funerary texts dictate that the placement of the papyrus scepter was on the neck and its function was to ensure continued life and fertility after death.

ex. Smith collection - this collection was put together in the early 1900s thru 1950s and legally exported pre-ww2.

$110.00

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Bes (stylized) Bead, Protector of the Pharaohs,
  26th Dynasty
  height:  10 mm
  width:     6 mm

Bes, normally portrayed as gnarly dwarf, guarded against evil spirits and misfortune in general.  He was considered the protector of the Pharaohs as well as god of children, pleasure, music and dancing.

This amulet or bead is made of faience, bleached white over time.  It has an upper and lower piercing from side to side for stringing and is fully intact.

ex. Smith collection - this collection was put together in the early 1900s thru 1950s.  . and legally exported pre ww2.

 

$45.00

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Glass Gaming PieceNew Kingdom Egyptian,
  ca. 18th Dynasty

  length:  12 mm
  width:   10 mm 

Although we have little idea about the exact rules of their games, we have a great deal of evidence that board games were popular among both the middle and upper class of ancient Egypt. Components of gaming boards and pieces are frequent archaeological finds in residential areas, although most are fairly simple in construction.

Not only is this an atypically nice piece, it is also a good example of ancient Egyptian glass. It has some nice evidence of patination, along with good wear to the mosaic mix that illustrates how the bands should run throughout the piece due to its early, comparatively crude construction.

Intact and a fine example.

ex. Smith collection - this collection was put together in the early 1900s thru 1950s and legally exported pre-ww2. 

$65.00

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Shu Amulet, God of the Sky,
  height:  11 mm
  width:   13 mm 

His name means "dry, parched, withered." He was associated with the heat of the sunlight and the dryness of the air. Shu considered the god of the space and light between the sky and the earth. Shu was believed to also hold power over snakes and he was the one that held the Ladder the deceased used to climb to heaven.

Nice blue-green faience with suspension hole near the top.  Fully intact.

ex. Smith collection - this collection was put together in the early 1900s thru 1950s and legally exported pre-ww2. 

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Horus Amulet, He who is above,
  height:  14 mm
  width:     8 mm 

The name Horus comes from the Egyptian word Hor, which translates as 'face'.

The followers of Horus invaded Egypt in pre-dynastic history, at this time he was venerated as a victorious warlord. He became a part of the state religion and was associated with the sun god, Ra. Horus was so important to the state religion that Pharaohs were considered his human manifestation and even took on the name Horus.

Made from faience, bleached white over time, this piece clearly shows the head of the falcon.  It has been repaired at the center piercing as is seen in the images.

ex. Smith collection - this collection was put together in the early 1900s thru 1950s and legally exported pre-ww2. 

$40.00

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Harpocrates Amulet, 26th Dynasty, Bronze
  height:  21 mm
  width:     7 mm 

Harpocrates, the child Horus, personifies the newborn sun each day, the first strength of the winter sun, and also the image of early vegetation. Egyptian statues represent the child Horus, pictured as a naked boy with his finger on his mouth.
"Upon her [Isis'] brow stood the crescent moon-horns, garlanded with glittering heads of golden grain, and grace of royal dignity; and at her side the baying dog Anubis, dappled Apis, sacred Bubastis and the god [Harpokrates] who holds his finger to his lips for silence sake." Ovid, Metamorphoses 10.691.

This amulet was holed in the back for wear and was worn during life then had a place in the mummification.  The hole could probably be carefully redrilled (currently filled from the patina) for wear.

ex. Smith collection - this collection was put together in the early 1900s thru 1950s and legally exported pre-ww2. 

$120.00

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Nice Roman Key

Egyptian Spindle Whorl, 1600 - 1100 B.C.
  diameter:  3.8 cm
  thickness:  0.6 cm
  weight:     9.67 grams

The whorl was attached to a post and then used to spin wool into yarn.  This whorl is of fine style with carved lions around the shoulder.  Whorls were often placed in the tombs of the owner to continue to work for them in the next life.  A very nice piece of history.

$95.00

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Nice Roman Key

Egyptian Eye of Horus Amulet, 700 - 300 B.C.
  height:  2.6 cm
  width:   2.0 cm 

Egyptians work amulets like this as a good luck charm.  The Eye of Horus amulet was believed to be powerful protection against evil. 

The eye being offered is made of faience, crushed quartz, that was made into a paste.  Although most of the blue coloration has worn away with the years, this amulet is still wearable and still may hold its protective powers.

$49.00

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Egyptian Eye of Horus Amulet, 700 - 300 B.C.
  length:  22 mm
  width:   17 mm 

Egyptians work amulets like this as a good luck charm.  The Eye of Horus amulet was believed to be powerful protection against evil. 

The eye being offered is made of a tan faience with a dark brown faience added for the pupil and eyebrow. that was made into a paste.  Old repair below pupil, otherwise fully intact.

ex. Smith collection - this collection was put together in the early 1900s thru 1950s and legally exported pre-ww2. 

$49.00

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Egyptian Eye of Horus Amulet, 700 - 300 B.C.
  length:  14 mm
  width:     9 mm 

Egyptians work amulets like this as a good luck charm.  The Eye of Horus amulet was believed to be powerful protection against evil. 

The eye being offered is a later period stylized representation of the eye.

ex. Smith collection - this collection was put together in the early 1900s thru 1950s and legally exported pre-ww2. 

$25.00

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