Egyptian Faience Amulet of Khonsu
An ancient Egyptian blue faience amulet of Khonsu, standing, mummiform with a horned lunar disk crown; the back pillar pierced for suspension.
3rd Intermediate Period, 1069-656 BC.
Khonsu, a lunar deity, pertained to all things nocturnal. As god of light in the night, Khonsu was invoked to protect travelers against wild animals, increase male virility, help women conceive, and insure fertility and protection of livestock.
cf.: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 29.
Formerly in a New York private collection, previously in an old English private collection.