ANCIENT EGYPTIAN NAOS AMULET w/ KHONSU - RARE!!!!
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Wood: Pre AD 1000: item # 1186930
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Here you find an extremely rare wood amulet in the form of a Naos. Top cornice has a row of uraei cobras above the portal and the three other sides show the god Khonsu; the ancient Egyptian moon-god, here depicted as a falcon wearing the moon-disk on his head.
Most published amulets of this rare type are made of faience and not wood, as this type. This amulet dates to the 3rd Intermediate Period, 21th-22th Dynasty , circa 1085-713 B.C. and measures 1 inch in height. Condition: loop damaged as shown.
The word naos (Greek for temple) was the innermost chamber of a sanctuary in a Greek temple (in Latin called cella). In ancient Egypt, the naos was a small shrine and it eventually came to be represented as an Egyptian hieroglyph as well. Naos amulets such as this one here are incredibly rare.
Provenance: Gustave Jequier (1868-1946)
Ex. Billy Jamieson (1954-2011)
Authenticated by Gayle Gibson, "Egyptologist", Royal Ontario Museum.
Comparable pieces see: "Amulets of Ancient Egypt" Carol Andrews, Page 15
See; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Amulet under accession number:1984.177
For a related example also see: Temple, Tomb, and Dwelling: Egyptian Antiquities from the Harer Family Trust Collection