Frog Amulet

Frog Amulet

c. 1540-1296 BC

Carnelian

Overall: 0.9 x 0.9 cm (3/8 x 3/8 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1914.570

Description

The frog, because of its numerous offspring, was a symbol of fertility. In fact, the hieroglyphic sign for 100,000 was a tadpole. Frog amulets were very popular both in semiprecious stone and in faience, and were worn by women hoping for an easy delivery. Both sexes wore the frog in expectation of a successful rebirth in the afterlife.

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