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Striding Thoth

Period:
Ptolemaic Period
Date:
332–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
H. 14.1 cm (5 9/16 in.); W. 3.6 cm (1 7/16 in.); D. 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.860
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Thoth, the god of writing, accounting and all things intellectual, was associated with two animals: the ibis and the baboon. His images either show him represented by these animals or they combine a human body with an ibis head as in this piece of shiny blue faience.
Formerly Carnarvon Collection, purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art from Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, 1926. Previously purchased by Lord Carnarvon at the Macgregor sale, Sotheby's London, 1922.

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