Lot 671: Egyptian Hanging Poppy Amulet Necklace
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Middle Kingdom, 2133-1797 BC. A restrung necklace of truncated cylinder carnelian beads and twenty-one poppy-head pendants including a flat-backed pendant at the centre, modern clasp. 28 grams, 56cm (22"). Ex Philippe Mariaud de Serres, Paris; acquired before 1980. The use of the poppy as a decorative element, and as an amulet, extends back to the end of the Old Kingdom and was favoured by all levels of society. They reached their peak in popularity during the New Kingdom, particularly during the Amarna Period, (1353-1336 BC), and are commonly made from carnelian, as well as faience. Real poppy heads, along with flowers, were strung together and worn by the living as well as decorating the mummies of the deceased. The exact purpose of the amulets is not known, but they may have a connection to the power of the sun god Ra, as well as associations with resurrection.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.