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Figurine: E.86.1898

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 20




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.

Measurements and weight

Length: 4.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1898) by the Egyptian Research Account


1st Dynasty
Early Dynastic Period
About -3000 - About -2500

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.86.1898
Primary reference Number: 49643
Oldadmincategory: FG
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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