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Amulet of a baboon

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

Provenance

From Giza: Debris W. of G 7130. Nov. 4, 1924: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.1057

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets