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Hedgehog Amulet on a String

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 13, mid
Date:
ca. 1750–1700 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, cemetery, Pit 995, MMA 1921–1922
Medium:
Glazed steatite, linen string
Dimensions:
l. 0.9 cm (5/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1922
Accession Number:
22.1.301
  • Description

    Although never very common, hedgehog amulets have a long history in ancient Egypt, with their popularity peaking in the New Kingdom. These amulets functioned as rebirth symbols, although the reason for this use is not apparent today. Possibly this charm protected the deceased because the hedgehog thrived in the low desert's harsh environment in or near cemeteries.

  • Provenance

    Museum excavations, 1920-1922. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1922.

    Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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