Terracotta figure of a seated baboon, animal sacred to Thot, the Egyptian god of writing and other intellectual pursuits.
Crisp facial features with pronounced supra-orbital ridges, deep set eyes and a dominant, protruding muzzle. The cheek fur and the upper body cape are typical for male baboons. The genitalia are exposed.
The dog faced baboon was a creature associated with the moon, as shown by the crescent moon and the disc on its head.
For a nice bronze example in the Petrie Museum database, cf. LDUCE-UC8162.
Egyptian, Late Period, 664-30 BC
H. 3.8 cm (1.5 in)
Intact, crisply modeled.
Ex collection R.W., Maryland, acquired while in Egypt in 1967.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.