Lot 58
  • 58

AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF A BABOON, LATE PERIOD, 716-30 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of a Baboon

4,000 - 6,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Height 8.4 cm.
standing on a rectangular base with his forepaws raised before him, with straight tail, thick deeply engraved mane, striated ruff, and deeply recessed nostrils.


Jean-Philippe Mariaud de Serres, Rue Saint-Anne, Paris, mid 1970s
New York Art Market
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Tautenhahn, Houston
New York Art Market
Sotheby's, New York, May 31, 1997, lot 39, illus.
acquired at the above sale by the current owner

Catalogue Note

See Dorothea Arnold, "An Egyptian Bestiary", MMA Bulletin, vol. 52, no. 4, New York, 1995, p. 60. The author writes that: "As far back as Early Dynastic times the ancient Egyptians venerated the baboon as the 'great white one', which has been called a royal ancestor animal. Based on observations of the actual behavior of baboons, the Egyptians believed that these primates worshiped the sun god at sunrise with upraised arms or hands on their knees, postures that have been explained by primatologists as the animal's need to warm its body in the morning".