2664 – Baboon Amulet

Physical description:
Ancient Egyptian amulet - the figure of a seated baboon carved out of lapis lazuli. Flat backed and with a hole drilled through the back of the head, presumably so that it could be incorporated into a necklace.
Museum classification:
Protection
Size:
40 x 30 x 15
Information:

The Egyptian God Thoth was a God of Wisdom, writing, trickery and the Moon.

Kenneth Grant wrote in the Magical Revival (1972),

"Thoth: the God Tahuti whose Book contains the Supreme Keys of Magic."  "Hermes-Thoth-Mercury - the God of Magick"  "Lord of Magick and Scribe of the Gods"

The Book of Thoth was said to contain all the wisdom of the ancients.  It has never been found (although it may just be a name for all the books written in the Ancient World).  Some speculate that it is contained within the Hermetic texts, others that is the tarot deck.  Crowley created the Thoth tarot deck with Lady Frieda Harris.   

Thoth is associated with Hermes Trismegistus (the pseudepigraphal writer of the Hermetica/Corpus Hermeticum which is the basis of most Ritual Magic).

According to some theories, Thoth was assimilated into the Greek God Hermes who became the Roman God Mercury.  He is also associated with Enoch and Idris.

Thoth is often represented as Ibis headed.  The Ibis is a Bird of Return, known in the Egyptian mysteries as the Bennu Bird.  (Kenneth Grant)

Thoth is associated with the baboon, a symbol of wisdom in Ancient Egypt.  Hundreds of mummified baboons and ibises have been found in Egypt, they were ritually buried in honour of Thoth.  

This amulet featured in the Museum's 2018 exhibition "Dew of Heaven: Objects of Ritual Magic."

Resource:
Object
Materials:
Stone (lapis lazuli)

The Egyptian God Thoth was a God of Wisdom, writing, trickery and the Moon.

Kenneth Grant wrote in the Magical Revival (1972),

"Thoth: the God Tahuti whose Book contains the Supreme Keys of Magic."  "Hermes-Thoth-Mercury - the God of Magick"  "Lord of Magick and Scribe of the Gods"

The Book of Thoth was said to contain all the wisdom of the ancients.  It has never been found (although it may just be a name for all the books written in the Ancient World).  Some speculate that it is contained within the Hermetic texts, others that is the tarot deck.  Crowley created the Thoth tarot deck with Lady Frieda Harris.   

Thoth is associated with Hermes Trismegistus (the pseudepigraphal writer of the Hermetica/Corpus Hermeticum which is the basis of most Ritual Magic).

According to some theories, Thoth was assimilated into the Greek God Hermes who became the Roman God Mercury.  He is also associated with Enoch and Idris.

Thoth is often represented as Ibis headed.  The Ibis is a Bird of Return, known in the Egyptian mysteries as the Bennu Bird.  (Kenneth Grant)

Thoth is associated with the baboon, a symbol of wisdom in Ancient Egypt.  Hundreds of mummified baboons and ibises have been found in Egypt, they were ritually buried in honour of Thoth.  

This amulet featured in the Museum's 2018 exhibition "Dew of Heaven: Objects of Ritual Magic."