Amulet of a crocodile
Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka–Senkamanisken
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 787
Length: 2 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 bluish gray crystal. There is a suspension ring on the crocodile’s back.
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