Egyptian art is symbolic, timeless, and unique. This is especially true where amulets are concerned. Ancient Egyptian amulets are small objects that the Egyptian people would carry, wear, or give to a deity in the hopes that they would give magical powers or protection. This was considered good luck, and it gave the people a sense of well-being. The amulets could be used in rings, bracelets, or even placed with the dead, to ensure that they had a quality, safe afterlife.
Purchasing Egyptian amulets is a great idea if you love Egyptian art, but the matter should not be taken lightly when you go to purchase the collectibles. Buying ancient amulets is not as easy as walking in your local five and dime storm to buy a pack of pencils. You will need to do your research thoroughly to make sure you are getting a good deal and to ensure that the amulets are authentic. The last thing you want to do is spend a small fortune only to find out that it is a fake.
When purchasing amulets there are a few other things you need to consider as well. Do you intend to purchase the pieces for your private collection or do you intend to resell them? If reselling is your intention, then you will need to ensure that you know the value of the particular piece you are purchasing, so that there is room for profit when you make the sale. You will also need to know how to properly store your items. Egyptian amulets need to be cared for correctly, so that no damage will occur. Since ancient amulets are incredibly old, it may be hard to find them in mint condition anyway, but you do not want to cause any further damage by improperly caring for the pieces.
If you are at an exhibition show or a dealer’s place of business and are interested in a particular piece, it is best to not act overly interested initially. If the dealer thinks you are interested, then they will be less apt to bargain on the price. Simply ask them how much they want for the amulet and ask whether or not they have any sort of authenticity documentation. Once they give you a price then you will probably be able to bargain with them for a better price if they think you will walk if they don’t bend a little.
Medusa Ancient Art offers a wealth of information on ancient Egyptian amulets. View their website for further information.
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