Amulet of a crocodile

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


Findspot: Egypt, Tanis (San el-Hagar)

Dimensions

Length x width x depth: 7 x 1.5 x 1.9 cm (2 3/4 x 9/16 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

85.539

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Throughout ancient Egyptian history, people wore amulets of crocodiles as protection against actual crocodiles. Amulet of faience with traces of red, gray, and green glaze almost completely worn away. In the shape of a crocodile with head raised slightly. Scales indicated by incised hatching pattern. Hole in front for suspension.

Provenance

From Tanis (San el-Hagar). 1884: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; October 28, 1885: presented to the MFA at EEF general meeting.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1885)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription