Two New Kingdom Amuletic Jewelry Ornaments
Circa 18th-19th Dynasty, 1570-1185 BC
Description: Two fine faience flat-backed floral amuletic jewelry ornaments in the form of a fruit and a palm leaf. Prototypical examples of the type of ornament used in elaborate collars dating from the New Kingdom which includes the reigns of Tuthmosis, Queen Hatshepsute, Amenhotep, Ramesses and Seti. From Thebes, Valley of the Kings.
Length: Green: 1.58 in. (3.9 cm); Blue: 0.8 in (2.c cm)
Condition: Wonderful condition with vivid color. Green with both attachment loops intact. Blue with bottom attachment loop missing.
Provenance: Private New England collection of an Egyptian lady who emigrated to the US in 1956. Said to be ex-Howard Carter.
Exhibited: Amarillo Art Center, Texas, October 9, 1974-November 3, 1974, as part of group of amulets (#21).
Background: The development of polychrome faience in the late Eighteenth Dynasty enabled production of imitation floral collars with a rich variety of vegetal ornaments. Rows of different colors and shapes produced stunningly beautiful neck ornaments, decorative for the living and symbolizing the hope of rebirth for the dead.
Reference: See Amulets of Ancient Egypt, by Carol Andrews, #65a-p for a near identical example. Also see The Collector's Eye: Masterpieces of Egyptian Art from the Thalassic Collection, Ltd., published by the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, #68 a-c.
Price: $ 395 for pair