Description In the shape of a baboon, this coffin (now empty) contained the mummified animal intended as an offering to the god Thoth. Revered for his wisdom, Thoth was believed to be the inventor of speech and calculation and was patron of scribes. The baboon was one of his sacred incarnations. Made separately, the front and back of the coffin have four holes for pegs to join them.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [said to be from Luxor, Egypt]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912
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