Lovely coloured faience amulet of the god Shu. The actual word “Shu” means being dry, withered or parched and was associated with the hot sunlight and the dry air. He is often shown wearing a feather and holding the sun as in this fine example. He was considered the god of the space and light between the earth and the sky and was also believed to hold power over serpents. Shu also held the ladder to the heavens that the deceased would climb in order to reach the other realm. Being master of the Air, it was thus Shu's duty to separate the sky from the earth in order to maintain harmony in the universe. This amulet has a tiny horizontal piercing on the back and dates to circa the Late Period. Measure 1.25 inches in height.
Provenance: Gustave Jequier (1868-1946)
Ex. Billy Jamieson (1954-2011)
Authentication: Gayle Gibson, Egyptologist.