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Amulet of a baboon

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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. May 1929: 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 26, 664–525 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.1536

Medium or Technique

Black serpentine

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets