Egyptian Faience Scaraboid Frog Amulet

$808.57

A fine Egyptian green glazed faience amulet engraved with geometric designs on its base. The frog is depicted in a stylised resting position with its legs tucked next to the body in a M shape. The protruding eyes of the frog is prominently rendered. The open mouth of the frog is incorporated with the central perforation, merging design with utility. As the amulet is perforated through the middle, it could be strung and worn by its owner. On the underside of this scaraboid amulet is geometric motifs inscribed in relief. These zig-zag lines arranged in an enigmatic and energetic manner could be a stylised depiction of serpents and vaguely reminiscent of the Nazca lines of Peru.

Date: 1550-332 BC
Period: New Kingdom – Late Period
Condition: Good condition. Slight encrustation on the surface.

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Ancient Egyptian amulets were not only ornamental but also considered to bestow power and protection upon the wearer. Many of the amulets have been found inside the wrappings of mummies, as they were used to prepare the deceased for the afterlife. Amulets held different meanings, depending on their type or form. Small amulets depicting gods and goddesses seem to have induced the protective powers of the deity. On the other hand, small representations of anatomical features or creatures suggest that the wearer required protection over a specific body part, or that he/she desired the skills of a particular animal. Amulets depicting animals were often associated with a particular god or goddess and the properties they possessed.

To ancient Egyptians, the frog was a symbol of fertility and life. The frog, associated with the life-giving role of the Nile, became a consistent symbol in ancient Egyptian culture, depicted since the predynastic period. The Egyptians also associated many gods such as Ptah, Heh, Kek and Heqet to it. Most notable was Heqet, a fertility goddess also associated with Hathor. Ancient Egyptians also associated frogs with the resurrection and rebirth for frogs hibernate during winter, taking on an almost dead state, then become active again in spring. The frog continued to be a symbol of resurrection even during Egypt’s Coptic period, when the ancient Egyptian religion started to give way to Christianity. It is entirely feasible that this amulet was worn by a lady wanting Heqet’s aid in fertility or childbirth or were buried with the dead to protect and rejuvenate them.

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

Weight 2.3 g
Dimensions L 2 x W 1.4 cm
Culture

Faience

Egyptian Mythology

Reference: For a similar fro depiction,The Metropolitan Museum, New York, item 11.215.35

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