Amulet of a crocodile
Overall: 0.7 x 2.4 cm (1/4 x 15/16 in.)
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Throughout ancient Egyptian history, people wore amulets of crocodiles as protection against actual crocodiles. This amulet of a crocodile is carved in the round. It is pierced side to side below the body for suspension. It is in perfect condition. It is slightly polished, dark greenish-black in color.
By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way