Figure of Thoth (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

525-342 BC
Overall: 4 1/2 × 1 1/8 × 1 5/8 in. (11.43 × 2.86 × 4.13 cm)
Thoth, the god who invented hieroglyphs, here takes the form of a man with the head of an ibis, Thoth’s sacred bird. The god of wisdom and learning, Thoth kept the divine archives. He was the gods’ scribe and the patron of human scribes.
Dynasties 27-30
Late (Saite) Period
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
Schorsch, Deborah. “An Egyptian Ibis Sarcophagus in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: A Technical Report.” Arts in Virginia 28, nos. 2-3 (1988): p. 50, fig. 5.

“Ancient Art.” VMFA Annual Report. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1985-86, p. 18.
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