I have an “egyptian” amulet…my Dad found it in a bag of old coins he bought somewhere. It was horribly tarnished but I managed to get it cleaned up nicely. I wish I knew where it was from and how old it is. Or if it is even valuable at all. This is it:
Most of all, I’d like to know who the pharaoh is.
The amulet is, i believe, made of brass. It’s a little over an inch in diameter. Any ideas?
I don’t want to give the impression that I thought it was ancient…but if it’s from the 20’s that’s pretty cool. I thought it might be mass produced, because on the sphinx side by the left eye it almost appears…stamped? Like the stamp slipped a bit and made a double impression.
It would be fitting if it was a dwarf, though, being of extremely short stature myself.
Actually, most coinage and ‘amulets’ tend to be made by stamping, so you get an image on both the front and the back=) though a lot of catholic saint medals are actually cast and have nothing on the back=)
There is a ‘style’ in commercial art that can help date a piece, and this one just really screams american mass market ca the Tut craze. Of course you can get some seriously spiffy fake egyptian stuff that is masonic as well. I havent tried transliterating the heiroglypics on the sphinx so it could be copied off something else or random ones put in for the graphic design look.
There are book on tutmania out that show lots of the neat mass market goodies that were available, one of them probably has this in it.