Ancient Egyptian Gold Frog Amulet

$247.47

A small, yet very fine ancient Egyptian gold  amulet, modelled as a frog. The legs and eyes of the frog are modelled on either side of the amulet, which rests on a flat base. The amulet is pierced longitudinally for suspension, forming a gaping mouth with raised lips, giving this piece great character.

Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom
Condition: Good condition. Some small signs of wear.

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SKU: BL-15 Category: Tags: ,

Due to its numerous offspring, Egyptians associated the frog with fertility, rebirth and, therefore, the afterlife. The frog-headed goddess Heqt was the wife of Khum and the patron of rebirth and resurrection. Such amulets were worn by women in the hope for a newborn and for less painful childbearing. When worn by men, they were seen as a symbol of protection for the afterlife.

Amulets were popular in Ancient Egypt, and were worn by the living or buried with the dead. The common word for amulet in the dynastic period was ‘mkt’, which means ‘protector’: amulets were designed to protect their owners. Frog shaped amulets would have been placed on the deceased body to encourage rebirth and resurrection.

To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings

Weight 0.02 g
Dimensions L 0.9 x W 0.6 x H 0.4 cm
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Reference: For Similar: Christie’s Auction House, London, Auction 6060, Antiquities, 14th April 2011, lot 40