Selection of Egyptian Faience Amulets of Thoth as a Baboon

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A selection of Egyptian amulets modelled in bright turquoise faience in the shape of baboons. Each amulet shows the animal seated with his forepaws resting on his knees. Characteristic of New Kingdom faience amulets, are the flat and unworked reverse and the suspension loop to the top.

Date: Circa 1390-1353 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Fine condition. Suspension loops might have been restored with artificial glue, a common practice for this kind of amulets.
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In ancient Egyptian mythology baboons, due to their intelligence, were closely associated with Thoth, one of the most important Egyptian deities, god of thought, intelligence, and writing. As a sacred animal to Thoth, baboons were often depicted supervising scribes during their work. Baboons also had various funerary roles. They were custodians of the first door to the underworld. Across the Ancient world, there are a number of pieces that would have been worn by their owners for the sake of protection, primarily amulets. Jewellery of this apotropaic nature most often takes shape in the form of pendants, and we find them in abundance from a number of civilisations, especially Egypt. These amulets covered a broad range of subjects in their iconography.

To find out more about Ancient Egyptian god amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings: Ancient Egyptian Gods.

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Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item 22.1.1944n.

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