Baboon of Thoth - Terracotta Figurine
Exclusive to the Freud Museum, a unique replica of the marble figurine that sits on Sigmund Freud's desk.
Thoth, the ibis-headed god of the moon and intellect, was often represented as a seated baboon. The Egyptians believed the baboon was the spirit of Thoth. The orb crowning his head represents the crescent moon. After death, the Egyptians believed that Thoth, because of his scribal duties, was in charge of the scale in the Weighing of the Heart, a ceremony in which the deeds and virtues of the deceased were judged. This small statue was probably an offering during the Classical Period, when Thoth increased in popularity due to his association with the Greek messenger god, Hermes.
The Freud family's housekeeper Paula Fichtl noted that Sigmund Freud was in the habit of stroking the marble baboon 'like a pet' when deep in thought.
The base of each figurine is initialled and dated by the artist, Martha Todd.
Martha Todd RCA MA is an artist working from Studio Manifold in East London. Her interpretation of Freud's Baboon of Thoth is press-moulded from her original wax sculpture, and each statuette is individually hand decorated.