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Name of Object:

Reverent Baboon with Pharaoh figure


Vienna, Austria

Holding Institution:

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Egyptian Collection

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Date of Object:

18th Dyn. Amenophis II, 1454-1419 BC; acquired in 1865/66

Inventory Number:

ÄOS Inv.Nr. 5782

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Pink granite


Height 130 cm, Width 42 cm, Diameter 61,5 cm


The loud rejoicing of the Hamadryas baboon at the sunrise in its rocky habitat served as a model for the Egyptian celebration of the ascent and descent of the sun at the critical stages of its cycle. Baboons with upraised hands – the Egyptian gesture of reverence – became symbols for the “eastern souls”, the gods who cheer the sun at its appearance above the horizon. The king joins these gods in his role as sun priest.

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"Reverent Baboon with Pharaoh figure" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;at;24;en

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MWNF Working Number: AT 025

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