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Amulet of a crocodile

Nubian
Meroitic Period
About A.D. 20–320


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. West), Pyramid 130

Dimensions

Length: 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

22-2-509b

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 amulet is made green faience with aspeckled black patina.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. West) pyramid 130, room B. 1922: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition