One of the Souls of Buto in the Pose of Rejoicing
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The bau of Buto were other-than-human powers believed to reside in that ancient and sacred northern Egyptian city; they were usually associated with bau of the sacred southern city of Hierakonpolis. Images of them in the round normally have the pose of this figure, a three-dimensional hieroglyphic writing of the verb "to praise" or "to acclaim." They were used to adorn cult objects, on which they served to praise the deity of the cult.
ca. 664-525 B.C.E. or later
Dynasty 26, or later
6 5/16 x 4 7/16 x 4 5/16 in. (16 x 11.2 x 11 cm)
mount (display dimensions): 8 1/2 x 5 x 5 in. (21.6 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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One of the Souls of Buto in the Pose of Rejoicing, ca. 664-525 B.C.E. or later. Bronze, 6 5/16 x 4 7/16 x 4 5/16 in. (16 x 11.2 x 11 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.420E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.420E.jpg)
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Falcon-headed figure kneeling on one knee. The figure holds its left hand to its chest and its right hand up in the air in a gesture of greeting and rejoicing. The figure, which is garbed in a tripartite wig and a short pleated kilt, may be identified as a representation of a "soul of Buto." It probably once formed part of a cult apparatus.
Condition: Good. Green patina spotted with cuprite.
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