Amulet of a baboon

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Debris W. of G 7130

Dimensions

Height: 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.1057

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This very rudimentary limestone 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: Debris W. of G 7130. Nov. 4, 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