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AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN FAIENCE WADJET AMULET
Faience fragmentary woman body shaped with a lioness head, crowned with a Cobra.She is a Cobra goddess whose name means "the green one" or "she of the papyrus" Her cult was particulary associated with the Lower Egyptian town of Buto (Tell Ell-Fara'In) which dates back to the predynastic period. Usually portrayed as a rearing cobra the archetypal serpent-image of kingship, which protruded just above the forehead in most royal crowns and headdresses. It has been suggested that the original meaning of the greek word Uraeus may have been 'she who rears up. Wadjyt was sometimes portrayed with a Leonine head on a woman body. Where the Uraeus is connected to the phrase 'The Eye of Ra' Here she is depicted in that rare form although the lower half and the left ear is missing. It is a very strong portrayd sculpture. Height: 60 mm Height 2 3/8 inch. Provenance: Ex Diana James collection... Dating: Third intermediate to Late Period 1000 - 300 BC... Shipping cost on request.


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