Ba bird

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

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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.


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)
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 19–21 Dec 1906
Previous Owner
Robert de Rustafjaell (1859–1943)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
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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