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Lot 656: Egyptian Nefertum Amulet Fragment
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Third Intermediate Period, 1069-702 BC. The upper section of a very large glazed composition amulet of Nefertum, with kilt to the hips, dorsal pillar, lotus headdress and loop to the reverse, black pigment to the tripartite wig. Cf. Andrews, C. Amulets of Ancient Egypt, London, 1994, item 12(c) for type. 24 grams, 74mm (3"). From an early 20th century collection. Nefertum was the god of the primordial lotus flower. His name has connotations of perfection and he represents the blue lotus that rose from the waters of chaos at the beginning of time to reveal the sun god Ra. He is commonly shown as an adult male with a lotus flower on his head, but later he was seen as the son of the goddess Sekhmet and the god Ptah and as such was represented as a child seated on a lotus flower.
Condition Report: Fine condition; crown absent.