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Ancient Amulets
Egyptian, Carved Aqua Blue Stone Frog Amulet, New Kingdom, 1567 - 1085 B.C.

|Amulets|, |Egyptian,| |Carved| |Aqua| |Blue| |Stone| |Frog| |Amulet,| |New| |Kingdom,| |1567| |-| |1085| |B.C.|
The frog was a symbol of the Egyptian goddess of birth, Heget. Her priestesses were midwives and women often wore frog amulets during childbirth. Heget was said to have breathed life in to the new body of Horus and some of her amulets include the phrase, "I am the resurrection." Curiously, early Christians adopted the frog as a symbol of Christ's resurrection.
AS34523. Frog amulet; 1.6 cm (5/8") long; semi-clear aqua blue stone, seated, holed for suspension, Superb, very rare; SOLD


Egyptian, Frog Amulet, Late Period, 712 - 332 B.C.

|Amulets|, |Egyptian,| |Frog| |Amulet,| |Late| |Period,| |712| |-| |332| |B.C.|
The frog was a symbol of the Egyptian goddess of birth, Heget. Her priestesses were midwives and women often wore frog amulets during childbirth. Heget was said to have breathed life in to the new body of Horus and some of her amulets include the phrase, "I am the resurrection." Curiously, early Christians adopted the frog as a symbol of Christ's resurrection.
AS34493. Alabaster frog amulet (for childbirth?); 2 cm (3/4") tall and 2 cm (3/4") long, carved cream colored alabaster, on pedestal, Superb, rare; SOLD


Roman, Bronze Priapus Amulet, c. 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

|Amulets|, |Roman,| |Bronze| |Priapus| |Amulet,| |c.| |1st| |Century| |B.C.| |-| |1st| |Century| |A.D.|
Priapus or Priapos was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his absurdly oversized permanent erection, which gave rise to the medical term priapism. He became a popular figure in Roman erotic art and Latin literature, and is the subject of the often humorously obscene collection of verse called the Priapeia. The word "amulet" comes from the Latin word amuletum, which Pliny's Natural History describes as "an object that protects a person from trouble."
AS91386. cf. Rolland, H. Bronzes Antiques de Haute Provence, Paris, 1965, #136; 41mm (1 5/8") tall, 14.4g, Choice, complete and intact, Priapus standing, bearded, wearing long garment and boots, holding open drapery to expose his large phallus; from a New England collector; SOLD


Egyptian, Large Scarab, Possibly of King Psamtek I, 26th Dynasty, 664 - 610 B.C.

|Scarabs|, |Egyptian,| |Large| |Scarab,| |Possibly| |of| |King| |Psamtek| |I,| |26th| |Dynasty,| |664| |-| |610| |B.C.|
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

AF33356. Scarab, Choice, 32 mm long; brown carved steatite, wings ornamented with Bes standing and another deity; base design of RA-MEN (KHEPER) and Uraeus on left with wings to right.; SOLD







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