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Squatting Thoth Baboon
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Squatting Thoth Baboon


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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
4/01/1957Treatmentcleaned
12/22/1960Treatmentexamined for exhibition; cleaned
10/10/2008Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; other
Exhibitions
  • Mummified. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008-2013.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
664-332 BC (Late Period)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.2143
Measurements
H: 1 7/8 x W: 13/16 x D: 13/16 in. (4.81 x 2.05 x 2 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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