Image of a Ba-bird on a Footpiece from a Coffin
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The human-headed bird represents the ba-soul, part of the Egyptian soul that could leave the tomb and travel both in this world and in the afterlife. The ancient Egyptians recited spells to ensure that the ba returned to the mummy, its natural home, from its various journeys.
Wood, gesso, pigment
ca. 945-712 B.C.E.
Third Intermediate Period
11 x 12 5/8 x 5 5/8 in., 5 lb. (28 x 32.1 x 14.3 cm, 2.27kg) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
One semi-circular segment from a wooden coffin. Stuccoed and brightly painted. On inner surface a well preserved representation of a human faced Ba Bird with outstretched wings. On back surface, which is less well preserved, a “blood of Isis knot” centrally placed and flanked by representations of seated of seated gods enclosed in architectural elements geometrically rendered. Two holes on each end side for attachment and two holes in bottom end.
Condition: Many areas of paint are delicate. Paint color well preserved and covered on several small areas with varnish.
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Image of a Ba-bird on a Footpiece from a Coffin, ca. 945-712 B.C.E. Wood, gesso, pigment, 11 x 12 5/8 x 5 5/8 in., 5 lb. (28 x 32.1 x 14.3 cm, 2.27kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 75.27. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 75.27_front_PS2.jpg)
front, 75.27_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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