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Amulets of Assimilation

The belief in similars, whereby animals whose qualities or characteristic behavior the wearer may have wished to acquire by assimilation, was prevalent in many ancient societies. In Egypt, too, only part of a creature was considered sufficient to represent the whole such as amulets in the shape of antelopes' heads or birds' claws.  Yet,  there is always the possibility that when amulets take the form of a powerful or dangerous creature, they are intended to give protection by acting apotropaically - that is, to ward off the very creature that they represent pictorially.

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An Egyptian Steatite Jackal Head Amulet, Middle Kingdom, ca. 2070 - 1600 BCEAn Egyptian Steatite Jackal Head Amulet, Middle Kingdom, ca. 2070 - 1600 BCE
An Egyptian Black Steatite Monkey Amulet, New Kingdom, ca.  1550 - 1069 BCEAn Egyptian Black Steatite Monkey Amulet, New Kingdom, ca.  1550 - 1069 BCE
An Egyptian Faience Eye Amulet, Late Period, ca 664 - 332 BCEAn Egyptian Faience Eye Amulet, Late Period, ca 664 - 332 BCE
An Egyptian Steatite Frog Seal Amulet, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550 - 1295 BCEAn Egyptian Steatite Frog Seal Amulet, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550 - 1295 BCE
An Egyptian Faience Lion Head Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCEAn Egyptian Faience Lion Head Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
An Egyptian Faience Amulet of a Recumbent Lion, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332 - 30 BCEAn Egyptian Faience Amulet of a Recumbent Lion, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332 - 30 BCE
An Egyptian Blue Faience Amulet of a Bolti Fish, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, ca.  1364 - 1347 BCEAn Egyptian Blue Faience Amulet of a Bolti Fish, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, ca.  1364 - 1347 BCE
An Egyptian Steatite Hedgehog Amulet, New Kingdom, ca. 1550 - 1069 BCEAn Egyptian Steatite Hedgehog Amulet, New Kingdom, ca. 1550 - 1069 BCE
An Egyptian dark Serpentine Phallus Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCEAn Egyptian dark Serpentine Phallus Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
An Egyptian Diorite Heart Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCEAn Egyptian Diorite Heart Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
An Egyptian Black Steatite Heart Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCEAn Egyptian Black Steatite Heart Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
An Egyptian Faience Frog Amulet, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, ca. 1539-1292 BCEAn Egyptian Faience Frog Amulet, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, ca. 1539-1292 BCE
An Egyptian Blue Faience Cow Amulet, Late Period ca. 664 - 332 BCEAn Egyptian Blue Faience Cow Amulet, Late Period ca. 664 - 332 BCE
An Egyptian Amethyst Hippopotamus Head Amulet, Middle Kingdom, ca. 2017 - 1730 BCEAn Egyptian Amethyst Hippopotamus Head Amulet, Middle Kingdom, ca. 2017 - 1730 BCE
An Egyptian glazed Steatite Amulet of a Fly, New Kingdom, ca. 1539-1077 BCEAn Egyptian glazed Steatite Amulet of a Fly, New Kingdom, ca. 1539-1077 BCE
An Egyptian Faience Amulet of a Hare, Late Period, Dynasty 26, ca. 664 - 525 BCEAn Egyptian Faience Amulet of a Hare, Late Period, Dynasty 26, ca. 664 - 525 BCE