Ba-figure

Egyptian
Late Period–Roman Imperial Period


Dimensions

Height x width: 50.7 x 2.8 cm (19 15/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.722

Medium or Technique

Stone

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Ba-figure made of black, fine-grained stone. It has the face of a human and the body of a bird. The surface is much scratched and incrusted. The details are incised. There is a hole in top of the head. The feet and the tip of the tail are missing.

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