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Cartonnage panel of ba-bird

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This cartonnage (painted, plaster-soaked linen) panel from mummy trappings depicts an image of a Ba, a "spiritual" aspect of a deceased person customarily in the form of a human-headed bird. In this case it is shown wearing sun disk on its head and holding an ostrich feather (symbol of order,...

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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.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Hellenistic period, Ptolemaic Dynasty, 332–30 B.C.


Height x length: 40 x 29 cm (15 3/4 x 11 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings