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Amulet Representing the Ba-bird

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
DATES ca. 664-30 B.C.E.
PERIOD Late Dynastic Period to Ptolemaic Period
DIMENSIONS 11/16 x 1 3/4 in. (1.7 x 4.5 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Amulet Representing the Ba-bird, ca. 664-30 B.C.E. Gold, 11/16 x 1 3/4 in. (1.7 x 4.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.213. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.08.480.213_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Amulet representing the soul as a human-headed falcon cut from sheet gold. Apparently a female face, necklace indicated as well as hands which seem to support breasts. Front of body and wings made of one piece of gold. Back of body a separate, piece, without detail, held in place by bending back the edges of front of body. Each wing pierced in upper center for attachment. Left wing retains small portion of gold loop or ring. Condition: Intact.
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