Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Figure of a Cynocephalus Ape

Period:
Late Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 26–29
Date:
664–380 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Probably from Memphite Region, Memphis (Mit Rahina)
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
H. 8.8 cm (3 7/16 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.874
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127
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. here the god appears as a baboon.
Formerly Carnarvon Collection, purchased in Cairo before 1923. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

Phillips, Dorothy W. 1942. Ancient Egyptian Animals, Picture Books (Metropolitan Museum of Art), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, fig. 28.

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