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An Ancient Egyptian Dark Stone Two Finger Amulet


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An Ancient Egyptian Dark Stone Two Finger Amulet

The 'two-finger' amulet shows the index and middle fingers, with the nails and joints clearly
indicated. They were placed on the mummy near the incision by which the internal
organs were removed before embalming. This may suggest that the amulet was
intended to reaffirm the embalming process, the fingers representing those of Anubis,
the god of embalming. However, the amulet could also have been intended to
'hold' the incision sealed, to prevent malign forces from entering the body, like the
plaques sometimes placed over the wound.

'Two-finger' amulets were mostly made of a dark hard stone such as basalt, obsidian
(volcanic glass) or steatite. Black was associated with the Underworld. Black stones
were often used to make statues of Osiris and for sarcophagi and other objects which
were to be placed inside tombs. The hardness of the stones was symbolic of
endurance. Amulets were made of such materials to ensure that their magical powers
lasted for all eternity. This is consistent with both interpretations of the function of the
'two-finger' amulet, as it was important that the body remained intact for all eternity, so
that the deceased could enjoy the Afterlife.

Of the different types of amulet placed on the mummy, the 'two-finger' amulet was a late
arrival, first evident only after around 600 BC.

Date: Late Period, 26th - 30th.Dynasty, circa 664-332 B.C.
Material: Dark Stone
Size: ca. 6 cm; c. 2.36 inches
Condition: intact
Provenance: estate of a former assistant of President Johnson, who travelled a lot around the world

The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed.
This item is accompanied with an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.