Description: An inky green-blue glazed faience amulet of the Theban triad, showing the naked figures of Isis, Horus and Nepthys striding forward with hands held set against a squared back plate, with a rear loop pierced for suspension. Horus is round-faced and wears the side-lock of youth, but unusually shows attributes of both sexes having clearly defined breasts. The goddesses have elongate faces, wear the tripartite wig and wear headdresses with their own attributes. Complete and undamaged and a crisply-modelled example.
Size: 19 mm/0.7 in. in width and 27 mm/1.1 ins. high
Date: Late Period, c. 600-300 B.C.
Provenance: From the collection of Julian Bird (1959-2014) and acquired at a Bournemouth antiques fair in 1970.
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.
In our opinion rather better than the photographs might suggest and perhaps one of the best examples of this type of amulet one could hope to own.