Egyptian Wood and Bronze Ibis
An Egyptian standing Ibis with a body of plastered wood, with a bronze head and legs
Legs ancient, Late Period, ca. 700 - 30 BC.
The ibis was especially associated with Thoth, one of the most important Egyptian gods. Thoth played a role in maintaining the universe, along with his wife Maat (truth). Thoth was also heavily associated with scribal procedures and writing, and by extension with magic, science, and judgment.
Formerly in the collection of Arnold Herstand (1925-1989), a painter, university administrator, and art dealer, owner of the Arnold Herstand & Co. gallery in New York City.