Amulet of a crocodile

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


Dimensions

Length: 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.2466

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 pale greenish faience, unglazed, in the shape of a crocodile. Pierced at front (under head) for suspension. Several cracks, many superficial; base chipped.

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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way