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Apes and Monkeys

Monkeys and apes differ in that monkeys usually have a tail, are smaller brained than apes and usually go around on all fours. Apes are able to swing from branches. It is is, however, sometimes difficult to tell whether or not the Egyptians were depicting monkeys or apes, especially if we only have part of the artefact.

Baboon amulet on a beaded collar

EC751 Limestone monkey from Amarna

W1150 Lute player with monkey ring bezel

W1326 Ostracon showing Thoth in monkey (baboon) form


Back to animals in the Egypt Centre

Link to site on monkeys and baboons in Egypt