Length: 15.500 cm
Acquired in 1872 from the collection of Alessandro Castellani
Ancient Egypt and Sudan
String of gold amulets
17th-18th Dynasty (about 1650-1295 BC)
This group of
The use of plants and flowers as amulets and as jewellery elements were very popular in the New Kingdom. All plants were symbolic of new life, but the lotus, which opened every morning, was particularly associated with resurrection.
Trussed animals, such as cattle, might represent food offerings. Ducks are typically shown in this way on offering tables in tombs and temples. The pose in which the duck's neck is shown twisted has been interpreted as one of a sleeping bird, and symbolic of resurrection. Snakes' heads were depicted in the interior friezes of Middle Kingdom private coffins. They first appear as amulets in burials of the New Kingdom and may, perhaps, have been intended as protection against snake bites.
C.A.R. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (London, The British Museum Press, 1994)
E.R. Russmann, Eternal Egypt: masterworks of (University of California Press, 2001)
C.A.R. Andrews, Ancient Egyptian jewellery (London, The British Museum Press, 1996)