Egyptian Turquoise Faience Amulet of Thoth as Ibis

£ 450.00

An Egyptian turquoise glazed faience amulet of the god Thoth, in his sacred ibis form. The deity is depicted in a squatting position on an integral, rectangular plinth. His large body is dominated by a furled wing, decorated with indentations to mark his feathers. The bird’s curved neck and beak are supported by the feather of Ma’at, a typical attribute associated with this amulet type. There is a suspension loop on the ibis’s back.

Date: Circa 6th - 1st Century BC
Period: Late Dynasty - Ptolemaic Period.
Provenance: Ex Bonham's, Antiquities Auction, 21st April 2005, lot 42. Ex Hans Becker Collection. Ex private collection, Professor Kenneth Graham, London.
Condition: Fine condition, mounted on a perspex stand. Some earthly encrustations to the surface. Repaired at the loop.


Product Code: ES-150
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Amulets were decorative, but also served a practical purpose, being considered to bestow power and protection upon the wearer. Many amulets have been found inside the wrappings of mummies, as they were used to prepare the deceased for the afterlife. The god Thoth is known as the keeper and recorder of all knowledge, and as the inventor of language. Ma’at, his wife, is the Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality, and justice. Thoth is often depicted as a man with the head of a baboon or ibis, as these animals were scared to him. He is usually shown as an ape in underworld settings, whereas he features in paintings and carvings predominantly as an ibis.

To discover more about amulets in the Ancient Egyptian world, please visit our relevant post: Amulets in Ancient Egypt.

Weight 4.6 g
Dimensions L 2.5 x W 0.8 x H 2 cm
Egyptian Mythology



Turquoise Faience


North Africa

Reference: For similar item, The Art Institute, Chicago, item number 1894.843.

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