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Amulet of a baboon

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6–10
2323–2040 B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

12.1454

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

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

Provenance

From Mesheikh. Mes / 2106 / B. Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition