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EA1519

An Egyptian Hedgehog Scaraboid for Seti I, 19th Dynasty, reign of Seti I, ca. 1294–1279 B.C

of green-glazed faience, portrayed standing characteristically squat, its bristles carefully delineated and its oval base inscribed so it can serve as a seal, reading:  " Menmaatre, the lord and image of Re".  Pierced for attachment, an openwork loop below the head also provided support and a means of stringing. 

The hedgehog seems to have had a connotation of rebirth, perhaps suggested by its reappearance after hibernation.  It was also a desert creature, surviving outside the fertile valley in inhospitable conditions.  As it had conquered the land of death, it was felt to have conquered death itself.  Apart from the early stone examples, hedgehog amulets were made almost exclusively of green-glazed faience.

Condition:   Minor chip to the base otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.

Dimensions:  Height: 0.5 inch (1.27 cm); Length: 1 inch (2.54 cm).

Provenance:  ex. Harold Opetz, and ex. Michael Abemayor, N.Y.C. thereafter on loan to the Michael C. Carlos museum, Emory University from 2005 - 2015, loan number: L2005.008.010.

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