Description: A blue-green faience amulet of ?Thoth striding forwards, his arms by his sides, with an integral loop for suspension at the top of the back pillar, the modelling cursory as is typical for the type. Some patchy discoluration of the glaze, otherwise condition good.
Size: 30 mm/1.2 ins. high
Date: Late Period, c. 600 B.C.
Provenance: From the collection of Julian Bird (1959-2014) and acquired from Jones & Jacob Auctioneers, Watlington, Oxfordshire, in December 2012, and said to be from a UK house clearance.
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.