16 June 2006
AN EGYPTIAN GLASS HEART AMULET
NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XIX, 1307-1196 B.C.
Originally opaque red in color, now weathered to pale green, molded with a human head in profile, wearing a plain wig, the almond-shaped eyes, arching brows and straight mouth indicated, the rounded body uninscribed, a bronze suspension loop inserted into the top of the head
2¼ in. (5.7 cm.) high
Israeli Private Collection, acquired prior to 1975.
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For a related example, opaque blue in color, with a frontal head, see no. 156, p. 16 in Cooney, Catalogue of Egyptian Antiquities in the British Museum, IV, Glass. For a discussion of the type see pp. 72-73 in Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt.
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