Ancient Egyptian Hardstone Fly Amulet

Description
Ancient Egyptian Hardstone Fly Amulet
Circa 1550-1070 BC, New Kingdom Period

An Ancient Egyptian light brown hard stone amulet in the form of a fly, pierced to the top for suspension. The bottom of the right wing is chipped.

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. 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.

Lot details
Culture
Ancient Egyptian
Material
Hardstone
Object
Fly Amulet
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 1550-1070 BC, New Kingdom Period
Condition
Damage
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