Amulet of a crocodile
Overall: 0.6 x 2.8 cm (1/4 x 1 1/8 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 and pierced below the body for suspension. The tip of the nose is broken off. It is polished, light gray and black stone.
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