An Ancient Egyptian red carnelian amulet in the form of a fly, pierced to the top for suspension. The reverse remains flat and undecorated.
The exact purpose of such a fly amulet is uncertain but one proposed intention was to bestow the wearer with the notorious fecundity of the fly. Some believe it was awarded for military achievement because of the fly’s resemblance to enemies’ persistence at war and also because of the fly’s tendency of hanging around battlefields where blood was shed. Others don’t agree entirely with this thesis as samples of fly amulets have been found in women’s and butlers’ tombs, individuals not active in war. One other possible intention of this amulet was to bestow the notorious fecundity of the fly to the wearer. However uncertain the significance of this symbol is, the fly also appears in many ancient neighbouring cultures, from Nubia to the Greek island of Cyprus.
Measurement: circa 1.5cm length
Provenance: Ex UK Collection 1920s-1940s.
- Antiguo Egipto
- Amuleto de mosca
- Siglo / marco temporal
- Circa 1550-1070 BC, New Kingdom Period
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