An Egyptian turquoise glass vulture-head amulet
Lot 9
An Egyptian turquoise glass vulture-head amulet
Sold for £28,800 (US$ 48,407) inc. premium
Lot Details
An Egyptian turquoise glass vulture-head amulet
New Kingdom, circa 1550-1070 B.C.
With hooked black beak, one of the eyes with white inlay, the yellow pupil with traces of gilding, surmounted by a pierced suspension loop, the curved neck with incised horizontal ridges, hieroglyphs inscribed down the flattened back with 'The Osiris the Overseer of the Granary, Kheruef', 43mm high


  • Provenance:
    Sir Philip Brocklehurst Collection (1887-1975), of Swythamley Hall, near Wincle, Staffordshire, who sailed with the explorer Shackleton on one of his expeditions to the Antarctic from 1907-9.

    For a vulture glass inlay made of three separate pieces of the head, eye and beak cf. S. Matheson, Ancient glass in the Yale University Art Gallery, Yale, 1980, p.4, fig. 5.
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