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Andrea asks if anyone knows what this is.
Made in bronze and approx. 9 cm high (3 3/4 inches) and 11 1/2 cm wide (4 5/8 inches).
From John .
14th Oct '10
I have just returned from a metal detecting holiday in the UK and this is one of the items I found.
It is approx 1 3/4 inches across the arcs X 1 1/2 inches high.
I have a book from the British Museum called Roman Britain it shows a scene from the victory column erected by Trajan, showing Roman Soldiers in combat with troops frm Dacia,a number of the troops have this fitting on top of their helmets,any other thoughts??????????
This is a 18/19th century barrel tap handle:
Didier asks if anyone can throw some light on these.
The first one is a carnelian aegis. H = 22 mm; W = 19 mm.
The amulet is pierced for suspension through the middle of the head. The question is an aegis of what?
As far as I know aegis are restricted to a very few deities (i.e. Bastet, Sekhmet, Khnum, Amun-Re, Mut and Bes). This one dos not fit with either.
This seems to me a man with a kind of moon crescent on the top of the head. The top is not broken although it may possibly have been re-cut. The design is not very fine and I believe this to be a late period amulet.
This is a glass amulet (presumably New Kingdom and possibly from the Amarna period).
The amulet is pierced for suspension in its thickness. This seems to me the head of a bird but I am really not sure.
Unfortunately no comments from others but Didier has sent an update:
I am now convinced that the carnelian aegis is a Bes, but probably more Phoenician than Egyptian. Many Bes are quite bizarre like possibly that one.
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