Egyptian Faience Thoth Ibis Amulet
An ancient Egyptian blue-green faience amulet of tan ibis crouching on an integral ground line, its long beak reacing to a feather, with details in added black glaze, with a loop for suspension.
Saite Period, 26th Dynasty.
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.
Cf. C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 25, fig. 21f.
Formerly in a New York private collection; acquired at Hotel Drouot, Paris, October 26, 1995; previously in a French private collection.