Mold of a heron or phoenix
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Findspot: Egypt, Giza, St. 7400
Height x width x thickness: 10.4 x 10.4 x 2.2 cm (4 1/8 x 4 1/8 x 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
From Giza,street 7400. 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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition