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Mold of a heron or phoenix

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


Accession Number

25.2421

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

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The Ancient World

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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.
(Accession date: June 19, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition