Egyptian Faience Amulet Of Nefertum


Late Dynastic Period, c. 664- 525 B.C. Egyptian. A turquoise glazed faience amulet of the god Nefertum who is depicted standing in the stylised pose which his arms by his side and one leg forward, in mid-stride. He is wearing a stylised kilt. He is wearing a tripartite wig and a large lotus flower with two feathers protruding which is the iconic symbol of Nefertum.

Nefertum, was eventually seen as the son of the creator god Ptah, and the goddess Sekhmet was thought to be his mother. He was the representation of youthful power, and was usually identified with the lotus flower, which symbolised the newly born sun, regeneration and rebirth. Nefertum is commonly identified wearing a lotus headdress and two feathers. Nefertum was originally a lotus flower at the creation of world, who had arisen from the primal water.

Size: L:57mm / W:16mm ; 6g

Provenance: From an old British collection of Ancient Art formed in the 1990s on the UK and European art market.

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