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Ba-bird head

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Sandstone head of a ba-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 statue was originally a full human form with folded wings.


From Shablul, grave 28E. 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, 3rd century A.D.


Nubia, Nubia (Egypt)


Height: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World