Amulet of a crocodile

Egyptian


Dimensions

Overall: 0.6 x 2.8 cm (1/4 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1277

Medium or Technique

Stone

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Throughout ancient Egyptian history, people wore amulets of crocodiles as protection against actual crocodiles. This amulet of a crocodile is carved in the round and pierced below the body for suspension. The tip of the nose is broken off. It is polished, light gray and black stone.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way