Double ba-bird statue

Late Meroitic Period
mid-3rd century A.D.

Findspot: Nubia (Egypt), Karanog, Tomb G 219


Height (a): 10 cm (3 15/16 in.) Height (b): 10.4 cm (4 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Sandstone double ba- statue. Head and upper body remain on 1991.1111a, while the head on 1991.1111b is missing. Each pair of hands is clasping what appears to be either a staff or a roll of linen, in imitation of the handkerchiefs held by Egyptian officials. 1991.1111a has a hole at the top of his head where a solar disc (representing the solar orb) would have been set into a metal fitting which was inserted in the head. These objects would have had full human forms with folded wings positioned behind the body.


From Karanog, tomb G. 219. 1908: 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; 1908-1991: 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