An Ancient Egyptian faience amulet depicting the Osirian triad,
Isis, Horus and Nephthys, standing side-by-side on an integral plinth against a back pillar.
Size: 3 x 2 cm
Period: Late Period, c. 664 - 525 B.C.
Provenance: Dutch private collection, acquired at auction house The Netherlands
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Horus is at the centre, flanked by his mother Isis on his left and his aunt Nephthys on his right. Isis is identified by the stepped throne hieroglyph on her head, one of her symbols as the Ancient Egyptians believed she was the personification of the throne, and likewise Nephthys wears the two hieroglyphic components of her name, a house and a basket, as a headdress. The goddesses act as protectors of Horus, who is shown slightly larger than them, but his sidelock and nudity identify him as a child.