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Lot 678: Egyptian Gold Hieroglyph Frog Amulet

Antiquities: Day 2

by TimeLine Auctions

December 7, 2016

Harwich, United Kingdom

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Description: Late Period, 664-332 BC. A gold amulet of a frog on an oval plaque, hieroglyphs to the underside. Cf. The Baron Empain collection, Christies, 14 March 2011, Lot 40, for a group of nine similar pieces. 0.58 grams, 6mm (1/4"). From a private UK collection; previously in an early 20th century continental collection. The frog was regarded as an underworld animal alluding to the forces which brought life into being. The male primeval gods of Hermopolis were often represented with frog's heads. The frog was also the sacred animal of Heket, goddess of birth. The image of a frog is found on magical knives which were used in birthing ceremonies or to protect new born children. The frog was also the companion of the Nile-god Hapi who assured fertility. The frog became the hieroglyphic symbol meaning 'to live again' and the frog amulet must therefore have had the power of regeneration. They are found as both amulets and settings for swivel rings; one such gold frog set into a swivel ring was found at Amarna in the tomb of the heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten and presumably formed part of his funerary assemblage. [No Reserve]

Condition Report: Fine condition.

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