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Egyptian Faience Imsety Plaque

Pegasus Gallery Antiquities

EGC58

A vibrant blue glazed faience plaque moulded in the form of the standing Imsety, the human-headed son of Horus. Imsety's role was to protect the liver of the deceased and was the guardian of the South. He was protected by the goddess Isis, who is also thought to be his mother.

This plaque is from a series of four pieces representing the Four Sons of Horus which would have been sewn into the bandages of a mummy across the chest area. This was designed to help protect the intestines. By the time of the Third Intermediate Period, amulets had fast become the most important method of protecting the deceased soul and seat of intelligence. Much of the amulets and jewellery are based purely on protecting the mummy.

Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, C. 500 BCE.

Size: 43mm H x 12mm W.

Condition: Professionally repaired in the middle.

Ex. Private Collection, London, UK, Acquired in 2007.

In ancient Egypt, amulets were carried in a variety of ways including necklaces, bracelets , rings; and most importantly among the bandages of the mummy they were made to serve.



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