Amulet of a crocodile
Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka–Senkamanisken
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 787
Length: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Throughout ancient Egyptian history, people wore amulets of crocodiles as protection against actual crocodiles. These amulets were adopted by the Nubians of the Napatan and Meroitic periods. This example is made of faded blue glazed faience. The crocodile’s chin rests on short column. The suspension ring on the back is broken off and missing.
From Meroe (Beg. W.), tomb 787. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession date: April 1, 1924)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition