posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 11:01 AM
reply to post by IAMTAT
That's the Kom el Shoqafa
and is Roman and Hellenized Egyptian culture and dates
to far later than your piece (by at least 500 years), after the culture collapsed under Greek rulers and after it was completely destroyed by Rome.
Although the family was "practicing the ancient religion" ((TourEgypt citation)
, the images really
aren't comparable to the real Old Time Religion -- the serpents (this is one of a pair guarding a doorway) carry the caudeucus of Mercury and the
staff of Dionysus. There's a lot of Roman and Greek mythology mixed in this "religious site."
If your piece is from Alexandria and is dated to 200 AD or later, then it's probably a serpent from this site (and cultural interpretation will be
very muddied because this really isn't the ancient Egyptian religion here.) At Kom es Shouqa, the serpents may represent any number of things --
including simple guardians (the tombs are being guarded by Medusa and appear (to my eye) to be linked to the
DISCLAIMER: I'm not an Egyptologist, nor am I an expert in Middle Eastern relics. The above is opinion only.
The problem with undated and undocumented relics -- if it's from one site (Heliopolis) then the interpretation is much different than if it's from
Abydos (and is 300 years older) or from Alexandria (and is a thousand years younger than the other two.) I know the age and workshop cities of my
three Bast amulets, so it's easier to put them in context and to confirm authenticity by seeing the exact same amulets (carved MUCH better, I should
add) at museums.
I'm sorry that I can't be any more specific than that -- as I said, this isn't a field I've been studying in great depth for decades and I've
only had my hands on a few hundred items. It'd be really cool if it was from the Alexandrian catacombs!
...and maybe one of these days I'll take a class and sign up as a shovelbum for a season in Egypt.