Statuette of an ibis and priest

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 13 x 5 x 14 cm (5 1/8 x 1 15/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1994.234

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This bronze group depicts the patron god of scribes, Thoth, in the form of an ibis being worshipped by a kneeling priest. The priest is depicted with a shaven head and a long robe typical of the 26th Dynasty and later. In his arms he cradles a small figure of a baboon, another form of Thoth. Thoth is shown striding forward and his glistening eyes are made of black glass set in orange glass rims. The inscription at the base indentifies the dedicant and reads: ” So says the great god Thoth, Lord of Hermopolis: may life and a good old age be given to Tchya, son of Iret-Hor-ru and Heker.”

Provenance

1994: purchased by the MFA from Mme. Marianne Rusen Maspero.

(Accession Date: October 26, 1994)

Credit Line

Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund