Ancient Egyptian soapstone baboon amulet. The baboon was a sacred animal of the Egyptian God, Thoth - God of wisdom; and the mediator between good and evil. Thoth is usually depicted in several forms sometimes taking the form of an Ibis. Ptolemaic.
Ancient Egyptian carved wooden Ibis bird covered with gesso, the feet and lower half of the beak missing. Ibises were sacred because the ancient Egyptians believed they possessed secret knowledge, as they showed up shortly before the annual floods. They were also associated with the deity Thoth - the scribes of the Gods, referred to as the God of wisdom and also responsible for writing, mathematics, measurement and time. Middle Kingdom. 2040-1786 BC
Egyptian. Carved black limestone Thoth, the Ibis-headed scribe of the Gods, depicted standing on a base with two cobras, a set of wings, and cartouches. Three cartouches also visible on the sides. Dirt patina. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC (10" x 4" x 2 ½")
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