An Egyptian Carnelian Amulet of a Lion, Middle Kingdom, ca. 2040 BC

Softly carved from orange pink carnelian, this fine amulet represents a lion.  Symbolizing fierceness and bravery, such early amulets in this form were presumably expected to endow their wearer with the same qualities.  Pierced for attachment, it could have been threaded with cord and worn around the neck.

Condition:  Worn but intact and in good condition overall. A rare example.

Dimensions:  Height:  1" (2.5 cm)

Provenance:  John N. Winnie, Jr. private collection, Georgia, 1980’s-90’s, previously a private Connecticut collection, and private NYC collection.


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