Mold of a heron or phoenix

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Overall: 13.2 x 15.3 x 3 cm (5 3/16 x 6 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.1441

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 Giza. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition