Brightly painted, soft wood figurine of a ba-bird, originally attached to a piece of furniture, stele, shrine or coffin. Portrayed as a human-headed bird, the ba was a person's mobile alter-ego, that lived on after death and was free to leave and re-enter the tomb.
By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way