Description: A bright blue faience amulet of Thoth, striding forwards, his arms by his sides, with back pillar pierced for suspension below the shoulder. Chips to the base, a crack to the mid-body possibly repaired, but overall a nice example.
Size: 35 mm/1.4 ins. high
Date: c. 1st Millennium B.C.
Provenance: From the collection of Julian Bird (1959-2014).
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, although unfortunately we do not have his notes for this particular item.