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Statue of a ba-bird

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.


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)

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MFA-University of Pennsylvania Exchange

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


Shabul, Nubia (Egypt)

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The Ancient World