Ancient Egyptian Pale Green Glazed Faience Amulet of a Hare


A pale green glazed faience Egyptian amulet of a hare, crouching on a rectangular base. The stylised mammal is depicted with large ears, which extend back from the head along the length of its body. The amulet is pierced vertically for suspension and is mounted on a custom made perspex stand.

Weight: 11.5 g (with perspex stand)
Height: 3.4 cm (with perspex stand)

Date: Circa 525-332 BC
Period: Late Period
Provenance: Hans Becker collection, with Bonhams, 21 April 2005, lot 42. Private collection of Professor Kenneth Graham, London, UK.
Condition: Fine condition. Repairs to the base of the amulet.

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Amulets in Ancient Egypt were both decorative and practical, as they were considered as having apotropaic powers to protect or bestow power upon the wearer. Not only worn by the living, amulets have been found inside the wrappings of mummies, as they were used to prepare the deceased for the afterlife.

The Egyptians respected the hare for its swiftness and keen senses and therefore hoped amulets of such would bestow these attributes. They were also believed to help with rapid regeneration. By the Middle Kingdom, hare amulets were placed in graves to help with the process of rebirth into the afterlife. Hares were most popular during the Late period, predominantly produced from turquoise faience and show in a position much like this fine example. The blue colour was thought to strengthen the idea of fertility and rebirth.

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

Weight 11.5 g
Dimensions L 1.9 x W 0.6 x H 1.4 cm



Reference: For similar item: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA, item 74.51.4505

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