Uraeus amulet

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This faience uraeus serpent amulet is upon a rectangular base with a loop on the back for suspension. The uraeus was the emblem of royalty. It also represented regeneration due to the shedding of its skin. This example is possibly from Abydos. The object was gifted to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth by John Bancroft Willans, a subscriber of the Egypt Exploration Fund/Society, who received the object in 1903. It was subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997.


Andrews, Carol 1994. Amulets of ancient Egypt. London: The British Museum Press. Lacovara, Peter, Betsy Teasley Trope, and Sue H. D'Auria (eds) 2001. The collector's eye: masterpieces of Egyptian Art from The Thalassic Collection, ltd, courtesy: Theodore and Aristea Halkedis. Atlanta: Michel C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. [p. 159 for more information on the uraeus amulet]

Last modified: 02 Nov 2020

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