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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.

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

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

Findspot

Shabul, Nubia (Egypt)

Accession Number

1991.1100

Medium or Technique

Sandstone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture