Ba bird

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Offerings case
Object Type
Sculpture, Ba bird
Height: 85mm | Width: 36mm | Depth: 68mm
Number of Elements

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A ba bird made of painted wood with a human head and beard. There are traces of gesso but no paint remaining. There is a dowel hole in the base. Examples of ba-bird statues appear in the New Kingdom but are much more common in later periods. 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. 203]