Amulet, palmette - ROM2017_16067_8


Amulet, palmette

Medium:Glazed composition (faience), mould-made
Geography: Sinai, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
3 x 2.22 cm
Object number: 906.16.109
Not on view

This tiny piece of faience was once part of some larger arrangement, very likely a necklace or broad collar.  The palmette is not one of the usual array of amulets; its origins lie in Syria and the world of Mesopotamian decorative elements. Nevertheless, any green growing plant would carry connotations of new life, fertility and health.

The palmette was a popular decorative element during the New Kingdom, particularly the 18th Dynasty; many moulds for faience palmettes have been found at Amarna.  This element was also widely used during the Greco-Roman era.

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