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EA1405

An Egyptian glass snake head amulet, Amarna Period, ca. 1353 – 1336 BC

well formed, of solid dark blue glass, the head with deeply recessed eyes below strongly modeled brows.  Possibly an element from a frieze, similar to that found surmounting the gilded shrine in the tomb of Tutankhamen, where a continuous row of them ran as a crest along the top of the a cavetto cornice inlayed with coloured glass and faience, to great decorative effect.

Condition:Intact and in excellent condition overall.  A rare example.

Dimensions:   Length:  3/4 inch (2 cm)

Provenance:    Private NY collection, acquired from Bonhams London, 1998-1999, thereafter on loan to the Michael C. Carlos museum, Emory University until 2014.

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