A sizeable Egyptian faience amulet of Isis suckling the infant Horus

A sizeable Egyptian faience amulet of Isis suckling the infant Horus

Code: 2344

Description: A sizeable blue-green faience amulet of Isis enthroned suckling the infant Horus, her left hand cupping her breast, and with oversize face, the back pillar perforated mid-way for suspension. Traces of black glaze on the wig and headdress. The figure of Horus lost and some chips, particularly to the base and feet, otherwise condition good and an unusually squat form.

Size: 55 mm/2.2 ins. high

Culture: Egyptian

Date: Late Period, c. 600 B.C.

Provenance: From the collection of Julian Bird (1959-2014) and recorded as being acquired as part of a lot at Christie’s, King Street, St. James’s, London, in 2010. At one time in a French private collection assembled at the end of the 19th Century. Previously sold at auction at Bergerac, France, in June 2007.

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 crisper than the photographs might suggest.

Photographed in both natural and artificial light.