Ancient Egyptian faience lion-headed Sekhmet amulet from the Ptolemaic period, 305-30 BC. Sekhmet is seated on a throne wearing the conical crown of Upper Egypt. Linked with war and appropriate retaliation, her name, meaning ‘the mighty one’, was associated with the hot winds of the desert.
Soapstone is a relatively soft rock with a soapy feel, hence the name. Soapstone is ideal for carvings that feature intricate designs and patterns, making them especially suitable for making stone jewelry, such as rings and pendants. Below are some of the Soapstone rings and amulets we have in our collection. If interested in any of these pieces, please contact us Toll Free at 1(800)426-2007 to place an order.
Faience Bes Amulet
Ancient Egypt, Ptolemaic 305-30 BC
Bes is the Egyptian dwarf God believed to guard against evil spirits and misfortune.
Faience Eye of Horus amulet, an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection and good health, one of the most common amulets worn in Ancient Egypt, with painted black lines and covered in green glaze.
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty.
Amulets were made of almost every material available to the Ancient Egyptian. The finest were carved of stone: lapis lazuli, carnelian, turquoise, feldspar, serpentine and steatite. Metals were used, in addition, gold being the most valuable, but copper, bronze and iron also were prized. Wood and bone were sometimes used. Of all materials, however, the greatest number of amulets was made out of faience.
Some amulets that were purely protective derived their power by evoking the Gods. For instance, if you wore a cat amulet around your neck, you carried with you the protection of the cat Goddess, Bastet. Amulets worn by women to protect them during childbirth often showed the image of the frog Goddess, Heket, who was believed to protect the women in labor. Other protective amulets, not directly related to the Gods, got their power by sympathetic magic. If you wore an amulet in the shape of an Ankh, you would continue to live because you wore the hieroglyph for "life". There were also amulets especially for deceased. They were placed on the mummy to assure that it remained intact and powerful in the next world. These funerary amulets were usually similar to those worn by the living. By far, the most numerous of all amulets found in excavations is the Eye of Horus. This as the highly stylized eye of the falcon God Horus. According to myth, Horus fought his evil uncle Seth to avenge the death of his father Osiris. In the battle, Horus' eye was torn to pieces, but by magic, Thoth, God of writing, assembled the pieces. Each element of the Eye of Horus represented a different fraction.
Ancient Egypt. Limestone scarab, with incised hieroglyphics on the bottom. A common type of amulet, the scarab is so called because it was made in the shape of a beetle (Scarabaeus sacer or dung beetle) that was personified by Khepri, a sun god associated with resurrection.
18th Dynasty, 1570-1342 BC
Ancient Egypt. Faience, miniature amulet of Bes, the Egyptian dwarf God believed to guard against evil spirits and misfortune.
18th Dynasty, 1570-1342 BC
Egyptian. Faience, miniature amulet of a standing Anubis, the jackal-headed God who presided over mummification and accompanied the dead to the hereafter. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC
Ancient Egyptian soapstone baboon amulet. The baboon was a sacred animal of the Egyptian God, Thoth - God of wisdom; and the mediator between good and evil. Thoth is usually depicted in several forms sometimes taking the form of an Ibis. Ptolemaic.
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