EGYPTIAN AMULET OF THOTH AS A BABOON
Measurements: 1.7 cm - height
Description: An Ancient Egyptian hardstone amulet in the form of a baboon, depicted seated with his forepaws resting on his knees, a suspension loop to the top.
In the Old Kingdom baboons, due to their intelligence, were closely associated with Thoth, one of the most important Egyptian deities, god of thought, intelligence, and writing. As sacred animal of Thoth, baboons were often depicted supervising scribes during their work.
Baboons had also various funerary roles. They were custodians of the first door to the underworld.
Across the ancient world, there are a number of pieces that would have been worn by their owners for the sake of protection, primarily amulets. Jewellery of this apotropaic nature most often takes shape in the form of pendants, and we find them in abundance from a number of civilisations, especially Egypt. These amulets covered a broad range of subjects in their iconography.
Period: Late Dynastic Period, 664-332 BC
Condition: Fine, complete and intact.
Provenance: Ex. Private Collection, acquired in the 1930’s – 1940’s.