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Archeological Object

Aegis


Aegis

This object is an aegis, which is a broad usekh collar composed of several wires of pearls and closed on the sides by two heads of falcon,  on which is present the head of a deity. The deity wears a tripartite wig with the two sidebands which fall on the shoulders and decorated by the solar disk. The abraded surface does not allow a certain recognition of the deity represented, perhaps the god Khnum. The aegis probably had the function of an amulet or an ex-voto.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 946
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:

Unknown

Object
  Definizione: Amulet
  Class and ware: amulets
  Title or subject:

Aegis

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: Late period
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Faience
  Height: 3
  Varie: Conservation status: lost glass cover; abraded surface in several parts
Bibliography
  Bibliography:

1974,  Curto S., “Antichità egizie a Casale Monferrato” in “Quarto Congresso d’Antichità e d’Arte 1969”, Casale Monferrato, p. 196
1987, Leospo E., “La raccolta Egizia del Vidua” in Romagnini G.P., “Carlo Vidua, viaggiatore e collezionista (1785-1830)”, Casale Monferrato, p. 42
2009, Cortese V. in Einaudi S. (a cura di),  “Egitto nascosto. Collezioni e collezionisti dai Musei Piemontesi” Cinisello Balsamo, pp. 84-85, scheda 50