Ancient Egyptian Large Green and Blue Glazed Faïence Pectoral Pendant
Ancient Egyptian Large Green and Blue Glazed Faïence Pectoral Pendant
Ancient Egyptian Large Green and Blue Glazed Faïence Pectoral Pendant
Ancient Egyptian Large Green and Blue Glazed Faïence Pectoral Pendant

Ancient Egyptian Large Green and Blue Glazed Faïence Pectoral Pendant

300 BC to 30 BC Egypt

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An Ancient Egyptian Large Green and Blue Glazed Faïence Pectoral Pendant Moulded in High Relief with a Scene of the Goddesses Isis and Hathor
Fine unrestored condition
Ptolemaic Period 332 - 30BC

Size: 6.5cm high, 5.5cm wide, 0.7cm deep - 2½ ins high, 2¼ ins wide, ½ ins deep
Provenance:
Ex collection Joseph Klein (1899 - 1987) New York U.S.A. acquired 1941 - 1980
The seven Cleopatra’s, Queens of Ancient Egypt during the Ptolemaic period, favoured depictions of Isis and Hathor. Of them all it was the last Cleopatra VII (51 - 30BC) who was the most illustrious. Intelligent and politically astute she was reputedly the only Ptolemaic ruler to have learnt the Egyptian language.
Pectorals were placed on the chest of a mummy and their use in funerary equipment was exclusively concerned with rebirth and resurrection. Isis and Hathor are portrayed as divine goddesses on the plaque and both had cults in post pharaonic times that were closely connected. The cult of Isis was adopted as one of the classical ‘mystery’ cults gradually spreading through the Hellenistic world and Roman Empire. Temples were even erected to her in Rome itself. In Greco-Roman times her cult began to surpass that of Osiris in popularity seriously rivalling both the traditional Roman gods and early Christianity.
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