Hedgehog Amulet on a String

Middle Kingdom

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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.

Hedgehog Amulet on a String, Glazed steatite, linen string

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