Head from a Ba-Bird Statue
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
The ancient Egyptians represented the ba (soul) as a human-headed bird, and the Nubians of the Meroitic Period (circa 270 b.c.e.–c.e. 350) took this idea to create their own type of ba-statues, with human bodies and bird’s wings. They also carved these sculptures, which were made for tombs, in a non-Egyptian style that approaches abstraction.
1st century B.C.E.-2nd century C.E.
6 3/4 x 5 x 6 in. (17.1 x 12.7 x 15.2 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Nubian. Head from a Ba-Bird Statue, 1st century B.C.E.-2nd century C.E. Sandstone, 6 3/4 x 5 x 6 in. (17.1 x 12.7 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 75.26. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.75.26.jpg)
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