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Glazed baboon, sitting. Baboons feature in early dynastic dedications and are possibly a fertility symbol as later in Egyptian culture. Later, the god Thoth was sometimes represented as a baboon, but it is not known if this connection was made as early as the predyastic and early dynastic periods. This is one of a number of baboons from the Main Temple Deposit; examples were also found in the burials of the first kings of Egypt at Abydos.
about 3000 B.C. 2500 B.C.