Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The baboon, like the ibis, was sacred to the god Thoth. A small number of baboon mummies were buried in the ibis cemeteries. The wooden baboon shown here perhaps was part of a shrine of Thoth as a baboon. The small appliqué also on view was once attached to a baboon mummy. Bronze figurines of baboons, like the third object displayed here, were symbols used by scribes, who worshipped Thoth as the god of writing.
ca. 1539–1075 B.C.E, or 664–332B C.E.
Dynasty 18 to Dynasty 20 or Dynasty 26 to Dynasty 31
New Kingdom or Late Period
9 x 5 1/4 x 1 9/16 in. (22.8 x 13.4 x 3.9 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Seated Baboon, ca. 1539–1075 B.C.E, or 664–332B C.E. Wood, 9 x 5 1/4 x 1 9/16 in. (22.8 x 13.4 x 3.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.127. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 61.127_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
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