Levantine or Egyptian lamella amuletsE141
A group of eighteen white metal (probably lead) lamella amulets, several retaining indistinct inscriptions or linear decoration.
Egypt or Levant, early to mid 1st Millennium AD
0.8 to 2.3 cms each
Losses as shown
Ex. collection: Arthur Robinson Wright, 1862-1932, UK. Wright was an authority on folk-lore, amulets and superstition; his publications remain important reference works on the subject.
The majority of Wright’s collection was sold by Sothebys in 1933 with a catalogue entitled: “The well-known collection of charms, amulets and savage art from Africa, Australia, Oceania and Indonesia (etc)”.
The items offered by Helios Gallery were kept and then bequested by Wright’s widow Edith to her solicitor and the Johnston family where they have remained for 50 or more years.
Accompanied by an old label