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Ba-bird statuette

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Ba-bird statuette crudely carved from a single piece of wood; it is likely that these types of statues were mass produced. A wesekh collar adorns the bird's neck and the eyes and brows are outlined in black paint. The wings and tail are blue-green and the legs are dull red.


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. (Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), 305–30 B.C.


Height x width x length:9.5 x 4.4 x 7 cm (3 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World