Faience Amulet of Khnum in Egyptian Blue

Culture: Egyptian
Period: 3rd Intermediate Period, 21st or 22nd Dynasty, 1085-713 B.C.
Material: Faience
Dimensions: 4.7 cm long
Price: Sold
Ref: 1308
Provenance: French private collection Bourgade-Maturana, acquired on 7 June 1977 Laurin Guilloux Buffetaud Tailleur in Paris. Accompanied by a copy of the original invoice and a French antiquities passport.
Condition: Intact
Description: Rare and very fine faience amulet in form of a ram representing god Khnum. The animal in Egyptian Blue with a huge body, flat, straight tail and hooved legs standing on its original plinth. The head with fine details is raised, glancing straight forward. The horns are twisted downwards and framing the ears. On the back an eyelet for suspension. Khnum was in particular a god of creation, creating on the pottery’s wheel gods and human beings, as well as animals and plants and inducing life with a magic wand. As a fertility god and Heqet’s husband he also was master of conception and birth.