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A limestone stela showing a woman with a sistrum in adoration before Thoth in the form of a baboon. The item is smoothed on one side and covered with a thin layer of gypsum with the picture drawn in red paint. To the right stands a woman holding up both her hands and holding a sistra (a type of rattle) in her right hand. Sistra were said to placate the gods. On the left sits Thoth with a moon in crescent on his head. Between them is an offering table on which is placed a lotus blossom which opens before the face of Thoth. The style of the stela suggests that this is from New Kingdom site of Deir el-Medina. Thoth was an important deity at this site. He was a god of wisdom and writing and associated with the moon. Deir el-Medina is on the west bank of the Nile opposite Karnak and is the village in which lived the workman who constructed the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. It was purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1907 as part of the Rustafjaell collection. This has been published by Kate Bosse Griffiths and appears in J.G. Griffiths, ed. 2001, Amarna Studies.


Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 82] J.G. Griffiths, ed. 2001, Amarna Studies. Bosse-Griffiths, Kate 1984. Baboon and maid. In [Junge, Friedrich] (ed.), Studien zu Sprache and Religion Ägyptens: zu Ehren von Wolfhart Westendorf, überreicht von seinen Freunden and Schülern 2, 743–751. Göttingen: F. Junge.

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