A diminutive Egyptian faience headrest amulet, c. 600 B.C.

A diminutive Egyptian faience headrest amulet, c. 600 B.C.

Code: 2352

Description: A diminutive dark blue-green faience amulet in the form of a headrest with a curved upper neck support, column and flat base. The amulet has a flat back. Chips to the front upper edge, resulting in loss of part of one side of the upper neck support, otherwise complete.

Size: 8 mm/0.3 in. across

Culture: Egyptian

Date: Late Period, c. 600 B.C.

Provenance: From the collection of Julian Bird (1959-2014) and acquired at Timeline Auctions, London, in 2011. Previously in the Terry Eva Collection, London, assembled in the 1970s-1980s. Terence Eva was a notable London private collector.

Background: Julian Bird was a passionate collector of Egyptian antiquities, who built up a fine and extensive collection from the 1970s onwards. He sourced his items mainly from the UK market, from specialist dealers, fairs, markets and auctioneers. He was a model collector, carefully documenting his collection, and his notes on this particular item will be supplied to the buyer.