Egyptian Faience Statuette of a Baboon

Egyptian Faience Statuette of a Baboon

An ancient Egyptian faience statuette representing the god Thoth in the guise of a baboon squatting with his hands on his knees, his face framed by a mane and his upper body cloaked with tufted fur.

Late Period.
Ca. 700 - 30 BC.
Height: 3 1/2 in. (9 cm).

The baboon was especially associated with the scribal god Thoth. 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.: Metropolitan Museum of Art inv. no. 26.7.874

Formerly in a French private collection.

Inv#: 6550


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