Phoenician Glass Head Amulet

Culture: Phoenician
Period: 5th-4th century B.C.
Material: Glass
Dimensions: 1.8 cm high
Price: 800 Euro
Ref: 6514
Provenance: US private collection, acquired from Herakles Numismatik on 4 December 1995. With a copy of the invoice.
Condition: Eyelet and part of the hair missing.
Description: Phoenician head amulet with a chubby face of opaque red glass. The nose is bulbous, the mouth small and closed. The eyes are of blue glass circularly applied. The back of the head also of blue glass paste. Amulets such as the present one were worn around the neck and possibly had an apotropaic function. See for the type Christie’s auction London on 26 April 2012, lot 55.