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Amulet of a crocodile

Nubian
Meroitic Period
About 260–170 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 308

Dimensions

Length: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.784

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 hole for stringing is bored transversely.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. W.), tomb 308. 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