Benu-bird figurine

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
743–712 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 53 (tomb of queen Tabiry)

Dimensions

Length: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.1011

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The benu-bird, represented as a heron, was associated with creation, rebirthand the sun good. This hollow, paste-filled figurine ofthin bronze sheet depicts the bird in its usual pose, crouching with its crest stretched out over its back. The figurine forms set with 24.1007-1010.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku. 53 (tomb of Queen Tabiry). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

(Accession date: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition