Egyptian Faience Statuette of a Baboon
An ancient Egyptian faience statuette representing the god Thoth in the guise of a baboon squatting with his hands on his knees, his face framed by a mane and his upper body cloaked with tufted fur.
The baboon was especially associated with the scribal god Thoth. Thoth played a role in maintaining the universe, along with his wife Maat (truth). Thoth was also heavily associated with scribal procedures and writing, and by extension with magic, science, and judgment.
Cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art inv. no. 26.7.874
Formerly in a French private collection.