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Mold of a heron or phoenix

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Carved in fine white limestone, this plaque carved in sunk relief served as a mold. The image represents a squatting heron, known by the Egyptians as a benu bird. The benu, associated with rebirth, was the origin of the mythical phoenix.

Provenance

From Giza, pit 7510 J. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession date: January 19, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x thickness: 12.6 x 13.9 x 3 cm (4 15/16 x 5 1/2 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

25.2422

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Molds