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Thoth-Ibis Figure
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Thoth-Ibis Figure


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Description The main cult center of Thoth, the god of wisdom, was at Hermopolis in Middle Egypt. The animals sacred to this god were the baboon and the ibis, and a gigantic cemetery for them was established nearby in Tuna el-Gebel. Small bronze figurines, such as this one, could surmount a coffin and be placed in an animal cemetery, or could be donated to the Thoth temple. While ibis figures and mummies have been found in many places in Egypt, baboon mummies are rarer, and most of them come from Tuna el-Gebel.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/17/1959Treatmentcleaned
5/03/1976Treatmentcleaned
4/24/1984Treatmentcleaned
10/10/2008Treatmentother; cleaned; loss compensation
Exhibitions
  • Mummified. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008-2013.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
7th century BC (Late Period)
Medium
bronze, glass or stone
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.2152
Measurements
3 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 3 1/16 in. (9.21 x 4.13 x 7.78 cm)
Geography
  • Egypt, Alexandria (Place of Discovery)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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