Amulet of a baboon

Nubian
Napatan Period
653–593 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. South Grave 180

Dimensions

Overall: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.12212

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. Most of the greenish glaze on this faience amulet has worn off.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. South) Grave 180. 1921: 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