Set of golden egyptian amulets, Late Period, 500 B.C.

The ancient Egyptians used amulets as a means of protection from enemies and adversity in the afterlife. This set would be arranged on top of the mummy, sewn to the funerary mesh or to its carton in an apotropic way. The winged scarab was placed over the heart protecting and ensuring the resurrection of the deceased, while the four sons of Horus, who were also identified in the four canopic vessels, protected the viscera of the deceased. No doubt a very chosen and luxurious set that must have belonged to someone of high purchasing power. The Egyptian Late Period or Saite Epoch (664-332 B.C.) covers the period of time between the 27th and 31th dynasties. It begins with the Assyrian occupation of Egypt by the Assyrian king Assurbanipal, who will appoint an Egyptian from the North as pharaoh with the intention of putting an end to the decline caused by the Nubians. It was therefore a period of administrative unification of the country, but also of cultural promotion, giving rise to the so-called "Saite Renaissance".


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