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Statue of a ba-bird

Nubian
Meroitic Period
about 100 B.C. to A.D. 300


Findspot: Nubia (Egypt), Shabul, Tomb 24-22B

Dimensions

Height: 52 cm (20 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1991.1100

Medium or Technique

Sandstone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Sandstone male ba-bird statue. A solar disc, (representing the solar orb) in a metal fitting, would have been inserted in the hole at the top of the head. The head had broken at the neck and is now repaired.

Provenance

From Shabul, grave 24-22B. 1907: excavated by the E.B. Coxe Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania; assigned to the University of Pennsylvania in the division of finds by the Sudanese government; 1907-1991: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; 1991: received by the MFA through exchange with the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

(Accession date: March 25, 1992)

Credit Line

MFA-University of Pennsylvania Exchange