Figure of the God Thoth
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
This object is seen in temple reliefs in which the king offers it to goddesses like Hathor, Sakhmet, Mut, or Bastet who are called the Eye of Re. As the Eye of Re, each of these deities symbolized a number of ideas, including the destructive power of the sun god. In return for this offering, the king was assured of protection and the power needed to maintain cosmic order, or Ma'at. He also received the gift of a uraeus for his crown, a symbol of the same forces embodied in the Eye of Re. The cycle of giving, receiving, and giving in return ritually affirmed that the king's possession of royal power was confirmed and renewed.
ca. 664-30 B.C.E.
XXVI Dynasty (or later)
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
4 1/16 x 2 1/4 x 1 11/16 in. (10.3 x 5.7 x 4.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Figure of the God Thoth, ca. 664-30 B.C.E. Faience, glazed, 4 1/16 x 2 1/4 x 1 11/16 in. (10.3 x 5.7 x 4.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.838. Creative Commons-BY
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