A baboon figure in a squatting position with a hole in top of the head. A hole in the crown indicates a headdress, a gilded wood sun disc or moon. These figures were used to represent the hours of the night that the dead had to pass through. The smooth face and shoulders indicates the Later Period rather than a New Kingdom hamadryas. The baboon was a manifestation of the god Thoth, a moon deity, who personified divine speech and was a god of writing, mathematics, astronomy and healing. Baboons were common at the animal necropolis in North Saqqara.More.
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Current Location: The Hunt Museum
Object type: Sculpture
Date: ?ca. 1292 - 1189 BC (19th dynasty)