Amulet of a baboon
Overall: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Faience or stone
Not On View
This amulet of a seated baboon has a loop at the back for suspension and is in good condition. There is a gold wire or gilded thread through the loop. Amulets of squatting baboons were associated with Thoth, the patron deity of scribes. Baboons were also associated with the sun and moon.
By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way