Inlay depicting Thoth as the ibis with a maat feather

Late Period–Ptolemaic Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134

This exquisite piece of inlay from a shrine shows Thoth, god of writing and all things intellectual, as an ibis walking atop a standard. Its beak is supported by a feather—the symbol of Maat, goddess of justice and closely associated with Thoth. The artist beautifully captured the halting stride of the bird, which seems to be considering its every step.

Inlay depicting Thoth as the ibis with a maat feather, Faience

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