Seal amulet with a carved human head on the back and four monkeys climbing a palm tree on the base

Egyptian
New Kingdom
1550–1070 B.C.


Dimensions

Thickness x Width x length: 1.1 x 1.9 x 2.4 cm (7/16 x 3/4 x 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1978.521

Medium or Technique

Steatite

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

The back of this off-white steatite scaraboid is incised with a human face topped with cross-hatched hair. The base shows four monkeys climbing a palm tree. A hole below the chin and at the top of the head, but not piercing all the way through, indicates that it was once set as a ring.

Provenance

By 1978: Mrs. Horace L. Mayer collection; 1978: given to the MFA by Mrs. Mayer, December 1, 1978.
(Accession Date: December 1, 1978)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer