Amulet of a baboon

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Height: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.1536

Medium or Technique

Black serpentine

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. May 1929: 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