Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Hedgehog amulet on a string, Dynasty 12 (ca. 1981–1802 b.c.)
    Egyptian; Lisht North, Pit 995
    Glazed steatite, reed
    Rogers Fund, 1922 (22.1.301)

    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.

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  • Hedgehog amulet on a string, Dynasty 12 (ca. 1981–1802 B.C.)
    Egyptian; Lisht North, Pit 995
    Glazed steatite, reed
    Rogers Fund, 1922 (22.1.301)

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