Uraeus Egyptian Royal Snake Pendant on Chain in Silver on Fine Pewter

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Seller: ialonus (364) 100%, Location: England, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 163894312577 *** The Uraeus (from the Greek οὐραῖος, from Egyptian j'r.t (iaret) "rearing cobra") is the stylised, upright form of an Egyptian spitting cobra , used as a symbol of sovereignty, royalty, deity, and divine authority in ancient Egypt. The Uraeus is a symbol for the goddess Wadjet, one of the earliest of Egyptian deities, who often was depicted as a cobra. The centre of her cult was in Per-Wadjet, later called Buto by the Greeks. She became the patroness of the Nile Delta and the protector of all of Lower Egypt, so her image was worn by the pharaohs as a head ornament, first as the body of Wadjet atop the head or as a crown encircling the head, always remaining in effect part of their crown, indicating her protection and as a claim over the land. The pharaoh was recognised only by wearing the Uraeus, which conveyed legitimacy to the ruler. *** This Uraeus amulet pendant is hand made in fine pewter in high relief, and then plated in silver. The snake head rears up right out of the pendant! It is approximately 37mm in height, and comes ready to wear, suspended on an 18 inch silver plated rope chain with a quality clasp. *** For Clarity: This is a modern reproduction of an ancient item.

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