ostracon ancient art



Egyptian Bronze Priest with Baboon, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC

Rare theophorous figure offering the small cult statue of a baboon.

The Thot priest holds his right hand raised in a gesture of blessing.

The bald priest is shown with almond-shaped eyes, a pinched nose, pursed lips and big ears.

The standing figure wears a knee-length skirt, the feet are missing.

The baboon is one of the representations of Thot, the Egyptian god of writing and other intellectual pursuits.

For a similar example, cf. item no. 218 in: G. Steindorff. Catalogue of the Egyptian sculpture in the Walters Art Gallery. Baltimore 1946.

Feet missing, hand reattached, otherwise rare and fine. Mottled green and brown patina.

H. 4.6 cm (1.8 in)
H. with stand 5.9 cm (2.3 in)

Swiss private collection Bollmann, Zurich.

1450 USD

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