Figure, monkey - ROM2018_16147_77


Figure, monkey

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 4000-3000 BC
Period: Predynastic Period
8.7 × 3 × 2.7 cm
Object number: 900.2.160
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
Description This little monkey is probably a toy, or possibly an amulet. Ancient Egyptians were fond of animals and enjoyed watching them.  Models of monkeys going about their monkey business were made from earliest times to the end of Pharaonic civilization.  What is this monkey doing?  It has been suggested that the little one is carrying off a large fruit, though no one seems able to suggest what kind of fruit, available in Egypt, it might be.  Another suggestion is that the monkey is playing a musical instrument, perhaps a crudely fashioned harp.  Unfortunately, the figure has no provenance to inform us. 
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