Amulet of a crocodile

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka–Senkamanisken
712–623 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 787

Dimensions

Length: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.838

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. 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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition