Frog Amulet

Frog Amulet

c. 1380-1330 BC

Polychrome faience

Overall: 0.8 x 0.9 cm (5/16 x 3/8 in.)

Gift of Cyril and Jessica Aldred 1980.123

Fun Fact

This frog amulet was made from faience, a fine type of self-glazing ceramic that is characteristically turquoise blue. It is a representation of Heqet, the frog goddess associated with childbirth and fertility.

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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