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Amulet of a crocodile

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Throughout ancient Egyptian history, people wore amulets of crocodiles as protection against actual crocodiles. Amulet of faience with traces of red, gray, and green glaze almost completely worn away. In the shape of a crocodile with head raised slightly. Scales indicated by incised hatching...

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From Tanis (San el-Hagar). 1884: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; October 28, 1885: presented to the MFA at EEF general meeting. (Accession Date: March 1, 1885)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

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


Tanis (San el-Hagar), Egypt


Length x width x depth: 7 x 1.5 x 1.9 cm (2 3/4 x 9/16 x 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets