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Bracelet with a crocodile amulet

Period:
Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty:
late Dynasty 21
Date:
ca. 1000–945 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Henettawy F (MMA 59), MMA excavations, 1923–24
Medium:
Linen, carnelian
Dimensions:
Diam. ca. 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.3.191a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
Four bracelets of knotted two-ply linen cord were found around the left wrist of Henettawy’s mummy. Strung on this one is a crocodile of carnelian. One of the most dangerous creatures in the Egyptian landscape, the crocodile was used for amuletic purposes, as it was thought magically to ward off evil.
Museum excavations 1923–24. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.

Aston, David 2009. Burial Assemblages of Dynasty 21–25: Chronology – Typology – Developments. Contributions to the chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean, vol. 21, Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, 56. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, p. 199.

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