Ancient Egyptian Gold Frog Amulet

$956.85

A delicate example of an Ancient Egyptian frog amulet made from gold and finely modelled in details, despite its small dimensions. The animal is rendered in a naturalistic manner, with minuscule dots and lines decorating and outlining its body. It rests on a flat base, which shows traces of incised hieroglyphs on the base. Such a painstakingly carving makes this amulet a lovely rare piece.

Date: Circa 688-343 BC
Period: Late Period, 26th-30th Dynasty
Provenance: From a private French collection, formed in the early 20th century
Condition: Good condition, some earthly encrustations to the surface.

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Due to its numerous offspring, Egyptians associated the frog to fertility, rebirth and thus, afterlife. Such amulets were mostly worn by women in the hope for a new-born and for a less painful childbearing. This is why frogs were also associated with the Creator God Khnum or whit the Goddess of birth Heqat, always as a symbol of life creation and thus often found as votive offerings in several temples.  When worn by men instead, they were seen as a protector for the afterlife. Many frog amulets were in fact found on mummies’ wrappings.

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

Weight 0.58 g
Dimensions L 0.6 x W 0.3 cm
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