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Amulet of a baboon

Nubian
Kerma
about 2400–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma

Dimensions

Overall: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.1721

Medium or Technique

Faience

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 Nubia, Kerma, K1400 main pit. January 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition