Mummy, Baboon

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Specimen Count
1
IN THE FORM OF A SEATED BABOON. PROBABLY FROM THE HELLENISTIC-ROMAN PERIOD AND OF THE TYPE PRESENTED AT CEREMONIES HONORING A GOD. THE BABOON SYMBOLIZED THE GOD OF WISDOM, THOTH. (THIS INFORMATION PROVIDED BT DR. GUS VAN BEEK, CURATOR OF OLD WORLD ARCHEOLOGY, NMNH, 1992). X-RAYS TAKEN IN 1992 BY DAVID HUNT, MUSEUM SPECIALIST IN PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, NMNH, SHOWED NO EVIDENCE OF SKELETAL MATERIAL. SURFACE BADLY ERODED ON LOWER PORTION.
From NMNH Exhibit Hall "Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt" label for this artifact, 2011: Baboon-shaped mummy, 332-30 B.C. This mummy looks like a baboon, but the CT scan shows only linen scraps and a wooden stick inside. Baboons went extinct in Egypt well before the fifth century BC, and Egyptians imported them from Nubia and other southern countries - something only the wealthy could afford. Baboon offerings honored Thoth.
Record Last Modified
2 Dec 2015
Topic
Archaeology
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Donor Name
E F. Brylawski
Collector
Unknown
Length
31.5cm
Width
24.5cm
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Anthropology
Place
Not Given, Egypt, Africa
Accession Date
1992-Jan-22
Object Type
Animal Mummy
Accession Number
390890
USNM Number
A542222-0
Culture
Egyptian, Late Period
: Dynasty XXVI
(Not certain)