Large Faience Amulets in Form of the Four Horus Sons

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late Period, 664-332 B.C.
Material: Faience
Dimensions: each 8 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 1393
Provenance: From an old English private collection. Last in a US auction house.
Condition: Intact and of very fine quality.
Description: Four very finely worked out and large faience amulets in the form of the four Horus sons. The jackal-headed Duamutef and Imsety with a human face are both looking to the right. Qebehsenuef with a falcon face, as well as the pavian-headed Hapi are looking to the left. All four wear wigs and hold hanging cloth linen in front of their chest, symbolising the mummy linen. On the head of each figure a piercing for suspension on the mummy. The back is flat. The Horus sons were the tutelary gods from the first to the fourth day hour and from the first to the fourth night hour. During these hours they fended off Osiris’ enemies in all directions and therefore completely protected the deceased. Mounted.