Head of a ba statue

Nubian
Late Meroitic Period
mid-3rd century A.D.


Findspot: Nubia (Egypt), Karanog

Dimensions

Height: 15.1 cm (5 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1991.1113

Medium or Technique

Sandstone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Sandstone head from a ba-statue. A solar disc, (representing the solar orb) in a metal fitting, would have been inserted in the hole at the top of the head. The statue was originally a full human form with folded wings.

Provenance

From Karanog. 1908: excavated by the E.B. Coxe Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania; assigned to the University of Pennsylvania in the division of finds by the Sudanese government; 1908-1991: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; 1991: received by the MFA through exchange with the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

(Accession date: March 25, 1992)

Credit Line

MFA-University of Pennsylvania Exchange