Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 53 (tomb of queen Tabiry)
Length: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition