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EA1575

An Egyptian Papyrus column Amulet, Late Period, ca 664 - 332 BC

Material:  Green Serpentine.

Ancient Egyptians associated the green, fresh qualities of plants with youthfulness and new life, and the papyrus-column amulet was supposed to ensure that the deceased remained forever young and flourishing, and suffered no injury. Chapters 159 and 160 of the Book of the Dead refer to this amulet; chapter 159 is a "spell for a papyrus-column of green feldspar to be placed on the throat of the deceased". Many of the surviving examples are in fact green and more commonly made of glazed composition than of green serpentine.

Dimensions:Height: Overall: 7/16 x 1 5/16 in. (1.1 x 3.3 cm)

Condition:Minor chip above the suspension hole otherwise  intact and in good condition overall.

Provenance:  Private NY collection, thereafter on loan to the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, from 1998 - 2015, loan number: L2009.016.009

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