Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Many small ivory and faience baboons have been found in Middle Kingdom tombs. Some scholars believe they functioned as gaming pieces. Others argue that because images of baboons often appear on other protective objects, the figures served as eternal guardians of the deceased.
ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty 13
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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