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Mold of a heron or phoenix

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This mold is composed of unglazed pottery. 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

Egypt

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren

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

Object Place

Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width: 4.5 x 3.5 cm (1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

94.281

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Molds