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Benu-bird figurine

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The benu-bird, represented as a heron, was associated with creation, rebirthand the sun good. This hollow, paste-filled figurine ofthin bronze sheet depicts the bird in its usual pose, crouching with its crest stretched out over its back. The figurine forms set with 24.1007-1010.

Provenance

From El-Kurru, pyramid 53 (tomb of queen Tabiry). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), 743–712 B.C.

Object Place for Label

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

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el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Length: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.1011

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture