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Egyptian Lamp with Baboon, Roman Period, 1st-2nd century AD

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1423200
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Bernhard I. Muller, PhD
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Zurich, Switzerland

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The baboon squats on a lamp with three nozzles, the forepaws resting on the knees.
Finely modeled facial features, incised detail for the cheek fur and the upper body cape typical for male baboons. The genitalia are indicated.
The dog faced baboon was a creature linked with the moon, as shown by the crescent moon on the headdress that crowns the head.
The baboon was one of the animal forms of Thoth, the inventor of writing and scribe of the gods. Because of his scribal duties, Thot was involved in the Weighing of the Heart ceremony, in which the deeds and virtues of the deceased were judged before they were allowed to enter the afterworld.
The body of the lamp and its back side with impressed ornamental decoration. A ring for suspension behind.
Egyptian, Roman Period, 1st-2nd century AD
H. 12 cm (4.7 in)
H. with stand 13 cm (5.1 in)
Fine and rare. Small area of the snout chipped, otherwise intact.
Swiss private collection, acquired in the Swiss art market 1994-2002.

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