This is a really rare and interesting limestone figure of a drinking monkey from the Amarna Period.
Some of these figures which were found in Tell-el-Amarna play harps, lyres or flutes. Others hold
their young, eat or drink like this one. Sir Flinders Petrie found twenty-three of these monkey figures
at Tell-el-Amarna in 1891-92. Some interpreted these figures as toys, others as popular caricatures of
the royal family. If this was their purpose, then acceptance of royal dogma, including respect for the
king and the god Atom, was not nearly as complete as Akhenaten imagined. So I think these were
caricatures disguised as toys ;-)
The Petrie Museum says that it is maybe a beer pot in his hands, which makes him very likeable to me.
There are still some traces of red and black paint. On the back there is an old collection number in red colour.
For comparable figures see:
Petrie Museum UC028
Berlin Museum ÄM 28773
Date: Egypt, Amarna Period, New Kingdom, late 18. Dyn. 1351–1334 B.C.
Size: c. 6,0 cm; c. 2.34 inches
Condition: slightly chipped, a bit worn, otherwise intact
Provenance: Estate of a German diplomat; prior German collection, formed before WWII
The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed.
This item is accompanied with an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.