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Lot 838

Good-Sized Gilt Wooden Head of an Ibis. Egypt, 26th - 30th Dynasties, c. 664-342 BC. The realistic head and neck elegantly carved, with careful attention to detail, as seen in the eyes and patterning of the bill. This wood sculpture was once attached to the wrapped mummy of an ibis by the circular discs at each end. Intact and in very good condition; generally with only very trivial flakes and losses to the gilding, but for one spot on the neck (5/8" x 2-1/4"). Length: 19". A high quality wood sculpture of some size, from ancient Egypt, at a very affordable price for these days.

There was a large trade in these mummies, which were offered to pilgrims to place as votives in temples throughout Egypt where the god Thoth was worshiped in ibis-form. The worshiper of course expected a benefaction from the god for his piety and devotion. Thoth was the god of wisdom, and the patron deity of scribes.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 5,000.


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