Large Egyptian Faience Amulet of The Red Crown of Lower Egypt
C. 713-332 BC – Late Period
A blue glazed faience amulet of the red crown of lower Egypt known as the “Deshret crown”. The cylindrical headpiece has a curl at the front and a tall spike at the back. Both the Upper and Lower Crowns of Egypt represent royal power and bestowed royal status on the deceased, who was identified with the king of the after world, Osiris. Crowns are also believed to bare great magical power.
Although damaged and repaired, it has good colour and is of a large size.
Ref: Amulets by W. M. Flinders Petrie. Similar examples to Plate IV.
Provenance: Ex H. N. Collection, Milton Keynes, collected in 1980’s – 1990’s.