A highly detailed glazed composition amulet with a beautiful light green and blue colour, showing the god Horus in a striding position with his left foot forward. He has the body of a human being, and the head of a falcon, and he is wearing a striated wig and kilt. On his head he has the double crown of ancient Egypt, combining the White Crown of Upper Egypt (Hedjet) and the Red Crown of Lower Egypt (Desheret). This crown was also known as the Pschent (a Greek indication for the ancient Egyptian sxm.ty, "the two Powerful Ones"), referring to the two goddesses Nekhbet and Wadjet, protectresses of Upper and Lower Egypt. The amulet was pierced horizontally through the back pillar for suspension.
Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (London, British Museum Press, 1994), p. 27-29.
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period (circa 664 B.C. - 30 B.C.)
Height 4.6 cm excluding plinth; 6.4 cm including plinth.
Dutch private collection; previously with Bonhams London, ca. 2005; previously U.S. private collection, acquired at auction in the 1980s-1990s.
Intact with some encrustation; attached to a small acrylic plinth.