Egyptian Bronze and Alabaster Ibis
An ancient Egyptian bronze and alabaster Ibis with an alabaster body and bronze legs, neck, and head.
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.
Cf. Allard Pierson Museum, inv. no. APM 01675
Formerly in an American private collection, acquired from Superior Stamp & Coin co., Beverly Hills, 1988.