Amulet of a baboon

Egyptian
Roman Imperial Period
30 B.C.–A.D 364


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Communal grave in the Menkaura pyramid temple

Dimensions

Width x length: 1.7 x 2.9 cm (11/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.800

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This green faience amulet represents a baboon. Amulets of squatting baboons were associated with Thoth, the patron deity of scribes. Baboons were also associated with the sun and moon

Provenance

From Giza, Menkaura Pyramid Temple, communal burial in room J1 (=pillared hall 27), associated with mummy 47. 1907: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition