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Maker/s

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Category

figure

Name

figurine

Description

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.

Field Collection

Hierakonpolis Egypt

Dimensions

length 8.0 cm

Period

Predynastic
Early Dynastic Period

Date

about 3000 B.C. — 2500 B.C.

Provenance

given: Egyptian Research Account 1898 (Filtered for: Antiquities)

Documentation

  1. Friedman, F.D.
    (1998) Gifts of the Nile : ancient Egyptian faience (1998) [page: ]
    [comments: no.4, p.69, 177]
  2. Friedman, F.D.
    Gifts of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Faience [Minerva 1998] [page: 11]
    Source title: Minerva (May/June 1998)
    [comments: fig.11]
  3. Quibell, J.
    Green, F.W.
    (1902) Hierakonpolis II (1902) [page: ]
    [comments: pl. XLVIIIb]
  4. (1982) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum , Cambridge (Cambs.) : Pevensey Press (2005) London: Scala [page: 179]

Material/s

faience

Accession Number

E.91.1898 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 49648; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-12)

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