An Ancient Egyptian aquamarine-blue faience amulet depicting the Osirian triad; Nephthys, Horus and Isis, standing side-by-side on an integral plinth against a back pillar, each goddess wearing a tightly-fitted sheath and a headdress with her attribute, each holding one of the divine child's hand. Top ribbed suspension loop; flat backed.
Saite Period: Circa 7th-6th century B.C.
Condition: Very fine; complete and intact
Height 3.6cms (1.4 ins).
For a similar example, see Metropolitan Museum of Art; item accession number: 17.194.2444 Also Cf. W.M.F. Petrie, Amulets (London, 1914), pl. XXVII, no. 152a-b.
These three deities make up the Osirian triad from the great myth in Egyptian funerary religion. Horus, the young boy in the centre, was the son of Osiris. His uncle Seth tried to kill him in order to become king of the gods, but Horus was saved by the magical skill and cunning of his mother, Isis. Nepthysis, Horus' aunt, aided her sister in his escape. Because both goddesses were magicians, they were excellent protectors of the vulnerable mummy. Small faience triads, such as this one, were generally placed on the lower torso of the deceased.
Egyptian faience Osirian Triad amulet
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