Statuette of seated Thoth - ROM2018_16484_6


Statuette of seated Thoth

Medium:Bronze, cast
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 664-332 BC
Period: 26th-30th Dynasty, Late Period
9.2 x 6 x 3.8 cm
Object number: 910.17.21
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Thoth, or Djehuty, to use his Egyptian name, was the god of writing and wisdom. He was the scribe and record-keeper of the gods, and often associated with the goddess of measurement and libraries, Seshat.  He was the image of the just and incorruptible judge and civil servant. He features in many ancient Egyptian myths. Thoth had two main avatars, the ibis and the baboon and is commonly shown as an ibis-headed man. 

This image shows Thoth with the head of an Ibis and a crown, now broken. It is highly unusual to see him seated in this way.  His beak is rather more robust than usual, and his seated posture with legs apart at the knees, the seat itself, and features of the surface of the bronze have led to questions about the antiquity of this piece.

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