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LOT 0009

Estimate
GBP (£) 400 - 600
EUR (€) 470 - 700
USD ($) 490 - 740

Sold for (Inc. bp): £845

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EGYPTIAN MONGOOSE WITH COBRA AMULET
LATE PERIOD, 664-525 B.C.
1 1/2 in. (8.21 grams, 39 mm).

A red-brown glass or faience amulet in the form of a mongoose (herpestes ichneumon) crowned by a cobra, modelled resting on its haunches on a rectangular base, with its forelegs raised in an attitude of adoration; suspension loop to reverse.

PROVENANCE:
Acquired prior to 2000.
Ex collection Mr. A.K., London, UK.

LITERATURE:
Cf. The Brooklyn Museum, accession number 76.105.2, for a mongoose in similar pose; see Houlihan, P.F., The Animal World of the Pharaohs, London and New York, 1996, pp.125-127, for discussion of the Egyptian mongoose and an image of a comparable otter and shrew.

FOOTNOTES:
Considered divine due to its ability to kill snakes, the mongoose could represent either the god Horus or Atum, or the goddess Mafdet.

CONDITION