Rare Exceptional Ancient Egyptian Cippus in Modern 18K Pendant Setting

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Seller: randall3563 (890) 100%, Location: Auburn, California, Ships to: US, Item: 202632889248 Black Steatite 18K Yellow Gold Setting 64 mm (including bale) 21 grams 26th - 29th Dynasty , 688-380 BC This exceptional black steatite cippus amulet takes the form of a small rectangular stela and is decorated on both sides. The front shows Horus-the-Child standing on the backs of two crocodiles. In his hands, the young deity grasps snakes, a scorpion and an antelope. The reverse contains a curved decoration at the top and twelve rows of incised hieroglyphic inscription. The piece has been set into a modern 18K gold setting that sports a large bale. The setting is top quality and sturdy. "The stele of Horus, also known as cippi (singular cippus) of Horus or “Horus on the Crocodiles,” are a particular type of healing and protective statue that appeared in Egypt during the 18th Dynasty (ca. 1550-1295 BCE) and were in use until the Roman Period. They are characterized by a central representation of the god Horus as a young boy, holding in his hands a series of wild and dangerous animals such as snakes, scorpions, antelopes and lions, and standing on two or more crocodiles. He is normally naked and has the lock of youth on one side of his head. Horus appears in this very form on this amulet, surmounting two crocodiles and grasping a giant scorpion and gazelle in his right hand and two snakes in his left hand. Directly above Horus it is typical to see the head of the demon-god Bes, who was the protector of infants, pregnant women and childbirth, like on this amulet. In some cases, the whole cippus-stela is meant to represent the body of Bes, containing and guarding Horus. Here, the traditional stela statue form is adapted into an amuletic one for portable use.On the base, sides and back, these cippi characteristically have protective spells carved in hieroglyphs. The texts allude to the legend of Osiris and Horus, and are meant to protect against and cure injuries made by the dangerous animals represented on the stele. These texts generally consist in two spells, which Egyptologists call Text A and Text B. The magical power of the texts was transferred by pouring water over the inscriptions and collecting it in a bowl, which a person would drink in order to “fill his body with Heka (magic)” and thereby heal him or her. A portable amulet such as this one would be immersed in water and that water would then be consumed ritually. The small amulets could also transfer their power by kissing or rubbing them, and this is the reason why their surfaces are in many cases worn smooth." This is a very special and beautiful piece and it is intact and in Excellent Condition. It has an almost palpable spiritual essence to it. A wonderful and wearable piece of ancient Egyptian history. Note: For comparison purposes I added two pics showing a similar cippus amulet that pales in comparison to the beauty I am offering here. -------------------------- California Sales Tax is charged on all sales made within or shipped within the State of California. The only exception is for holders of a valid California State Resellers Permit, a copy of which must be made available to me in order to be exempt from the tax. California Sales Tax is not charged by me on out-of-state sales or international sales. International sales are processed through ebay's Global Shipping Program which handles all pertinent duties, fees and value added taxes. -------------------------- See my website souktopia.com for more interesting antiquities, antiques, historical collectibles, fossils, art, coins, jewelry and colored gemstones. Please contact me if you want to see an item listed on eBay. Condition: Excellent condition...Intact...Magical...Ready to wear!, Material: Stone, Provenance: London Dealer

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