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Sacred Monkey of Thoth, protecting the Scribe Nebmertuf

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 Sacred Monkey of Thoth, protecting the Scribe Nebmertuf

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Sacred Monkey of Thoth, protecting the Scribe Nebmertuf

A baboon is squatting on a small pedestal, with its hands sagely laid on its knees. But it would be sacrilege to mistake it for a pet.

This monkey is one of the forms of the god Thoth, patron of the scribes. This is made clear by the offering table set at the base of the pedestal and the humble attitude of the scribe seated at its feet.

The scribe is reading a papyrus unrolled across his knees and bowing his head as a sign of devotion. The inscription encircling this little group invokes Thoth, "Master of divine words" on behalf of the scribe, whose titles are listed. He is a high official called Nebmerutef, a priest, archivist and royal scribe with the rank of minister.

His sovereign, Amenophis III, granted him the very special favour of being portrayed at his side on the walls of his temple at Soleb.

Reproduction in hand patinated resin

H. 19,5 cm; W. 20,5 cm; D. 8 cm
1,8 kg (3.9 lbs)
Reign of Amenophis III, circa 1370 BC
Material of the original
Paris - Musée du Louvre
Art movement
Egyptian Antiquities