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

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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.


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

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Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, New Kingdom, 1550–1070 B.C.


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

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World