Mold of a heron or phoenix

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 14.9 x 14.5 x 5.4 cm (5 7/8 x 5 11/16 x 2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

87.666

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Molds

Carved in fine white limestone, this plaque carved in sunk relief served as a mold. The image represents a squatting heron, known by the Egyptians as a benu bird. The benu, associated with rebirth, was the origin of the mythical phoenix.

Provenance

From Tell Nabasha. 1886: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887. (Accession date: June 1, 1887)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription