An Egyptian green glass amulet of a standing goddess, c. 600-300 B.C.

An Egyptian green glass amulet of a standing goddess, c. 600-300 B.C.

Code: 2338

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Description: A green glass amulet of a standing goddess (probably Isis) wearing a tight-fitting ankle-length dress, with the left leg advanced forwards, and an unpierced back pillar. The crown/headdress which would have identified the goddess missing, otherwise condition good and a well-modelled example.

Size: 27 mm/1.1 ins. high

Culture: Egyptian

Date: Late Period, c. 600-300 B.C.

Provenance: From the collection of Julian Bird (1959-2014) and acquired at Bermondsey Market, London, in 2011, and reputedly from an early 20th Century American private collection. When bought the amulet was mounted in a brooch.

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 nicer than the photographs might suggest and a pleasing example.