Ba-bird statuette

Egyptian
Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
305–30 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width x length:9.5 x 4.4 x 7 cm (3 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.4178

Medium or Technique

Wood

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Ba-bird statuette crudely carved from a single piece of wood; it is likely that these types of statues were mass produced. A wesekh collar adorns the bird’s neck and the eyes and brows are outlined in black paint. The wings and tail are blue-green and the legs are dull red.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way