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EA1518

An Egyptian Carnelian Leg amulet, Old Kingdom - First Intermediate Period, 2435-1980 BC

During the Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period, small amulets of hands and feet were commonly included in bracelets and anklets. These amulets protected the limbs and extremities of their wearers, while possibly conferring abilities such as dexterity, creative potential, or speed. Often these amulets were made of carnelian, an orange-red stone. The color, reminiscent of blood, would bring power and energy to the amulet.

Dimensions:Height: Maximum: 7/8 x 7/16 x 1/8 in. (2.2 x 1.1 x 0.3 cm)

Condition:Intact and in excellent condition overall

Provenance:Private collection of Jim W. Judd (RAF member 1943 onwards stationed in Egypt), UK, acquired from the family and thereafter private NY collection, on loan to the Michael C Carlos Museum, Emory University, from 2013 - 2015, loan number: L2013.013.001

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