Mold of a heron or phoenix

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Pit 7510J

Dimensions

Height x width x thickness: 12.6 x 13.9 x 3 cm (4 15/16 x 5 1/2 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

25.2422

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, pit 7510 J. 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.
(Accession date: January 19, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition