An Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Phallic Bead Amulet, ca 664 - 332 BC

a conical amulet of a phallus, small incisions to the lapis stone for detail, pierced lengthwise for attachment. 

Phallic amulets were thought to ensure good luck and fecundity, as the phallus played a role in the cult of Osiris in ancient Egyptian religion. When Osiris' body was cut in 14 pieces, Seth scattered them all over Egypt and his wife Isis retrieved all of them except one, his penis, which was swallowed by a fish. Supposedly, Isis made a wooden replacement.

For related examples see:  Andrews, Carol "Amulets of Ancient Egypt," 1994.

Condition:  Tip of phallus worn otherwise intact and in fine condition overall, custom mounted. 

Dimensions:  Height: 1.9 cm (.74 inch), Mounted Height: 2.5 cm (.98 inch) 

Provenance:  Private collection of Robert J. Molnar, Hillsdale, NJ, acquired in the 1960s.


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