Mold of a heron or phoenix

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 7140 U

Dimensions

Overall: 8.3 x 2.8 x 13.4cm (3 1/4 x 1 1/8 x 5 1/4in.)

Accession Number

47.1653

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, G 7140 U. 1937: 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, 1947: brought to the MFA from from Harvard Camp.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition