An ancient Egyptian turquoise faience scaraboid, featuring on one side the raised relief of the god Thoth, in the form of a seated baboon. To the reverse, deeply incised, is a curled pattern, possibly representing the uraeus cobra. The scaraboid is pierced logitudinally for suspension.
Thoth was an important Egyptian deity, who was often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis or baboon, as these were his sacred animals. When represented as a baboon (the less usual of the two forms, adding to the rarity of this amulet), he was A’an – the god of equilibrium. His role as A’an was important in the afterlife and during the liminal phase beforehand. At the ceremony in which the deceased heart was weighed against the feather of Maat, it was the responsibility of A’an to ensure that the two were level, thereby allowing the deceased to proceed into the underworld.
Provenance: Ex private London collection, AH collection.
Measurements: 2.1cm length
- Ancient Egyptian
- Thoth as a Baboon Scaraboid
- Century/ Timeframe
- New Kingdom
- Good Condition, See Photo