Amulet of a baboon

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Debris E. of Pyr. I-b

Dimensions

Height: 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.1021

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

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, Debris E. of Pyr. I-b. ] Nov. 6, 1924: 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