Amulet of crocodile

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 543 debris in A

Dimensions

Other: 0.7 x 2.5 cm (1/4 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

23-10-135

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This is a crocodile amulet with crossed striations for scutes on the back. There is a carved loop for suspension under the belly.

Throughout ancient Egyptian history, people wore amulets of crocodiles as protection against actual crocodiles.

Provenance

From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 543 debris in A. 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 Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition