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Amulet of a baboon

This amulet represents a baboon. Amulets of baboons were associated with Thoth, the patron deity of scribes. Baboons were also associated with the sun and moon.

Provenance

From Nubia, Kerma, K1400 main pit. January 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Kerma, about 2400–1550 B.C.

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number

20.1721

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets