An Egyptian Faience Frog Amulet, New Kingdom, ca. 1550 - 1069 BCE
This truly charming little fellow is made from bright blue glazed faience, and sits on an integral base, crouching upright on bent legs with two arms in front, the back pierced for attachment.
With its prolific breeding habits, the frog symbolized fecundity for the living, particularly for women. In addition, the Egyptians believed the frog had spontaneous generation and was self-creating. During the New Kingdom, a frog was sometimes used to write 'repeating life,' a term used after the name of the deceased that symbolized the promise of rebirth.
Dimensions: Height: 1/2 inch (1.3 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall
Provenance: Nefer Ancient Art, London, before 1983, thereafter private Virginia collection, acquired from the trade in 2020.
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