Ba bird



Accession Number
EC237
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Offerings case
Object Type
Sculpture, Ba bird
Material
Wood
Measurements
Height: 84mm | Width: 35mm | Depth: 50mm
Number of Elements
1

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Description

A wooden ba bird painted red and black. The paint seems to have been put straight on top of the wood, without gesso. Examples of ba-bird statues appear in the New Kingdom but are much more common later. Many have holes with broken dowel fragments in the base suggesting that they were attached to shrines, stela or coffins.

Bibliography

Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 202]

Other Identity
12 (round white sticker, removed by Cardiff conservation) | 487B (Rustafjaell number recorded in daybook)
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 19–21 Dec 1906
Previous Owner
Robert de Rustafjaell (1859–1943)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Exhibition
1996–1997, 05 Oct–05 Jan. Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, 'The Face of Egypt'
Last modified: 11 Apr 2022

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