Bloomsbury Cultural History - Figure of a baboon from ancient Egypt
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Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: 664-380 BCE
Place: ancient Egypt
Technique: Egyptian faience
Keywords: animal, religion, deity
Identifier: 26-7-874
Source: Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Object web link: http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/545213?sortBy=Relevance&when=1000+B.C.-A.D.+1&ft=body&offset=0&rpp=100&pos=95

Subjects

Period:

Middle Ages

Place:

Egypt

Content Type:

Museum Object

Figure of a baboon from ancient Egypt

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This Egyptian faience figure is from the Late Period, Dynasty 26-29. Thoth, the god of writing, accounting and all things intellectual, was associated with two animals: the ibis and the baboon. His images either show him represented by these animals or they combine a human body with an ibis head. Here, the god appears as a baboon.

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