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Mold for Making a Benu Bird

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Soft limestone
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DYNASTY Dynasty 26, or later
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 1/2 × 5 9/16 × 1 7/16 in. (11.5 × 14.1 × 3.6 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 16.128
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Mold for Making a Benu Bird. Soft limestone, 4 1/2 × 5 9/16 × 1 7/16 in. (11.5 × 14.1 × 3.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.128. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.16.128_view01.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.16.128_view01.jpg., 2019
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Oblong limestone mould with figure of a Benu bird (Phoenix) facing right, in sunk relief. Details incised. Condition: Lower right corner missing. Small black specks over most of the surface. Meaningless signs, apparently modern, scratched on upper left surface. Various minor chips. Slight groove runs through upper and lower edges and on front up to the relief.
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     <em>Mold for Making a Benu Bird</em>. Soft limestone, 4 1/2 × 5 9/16 × 1 7/16 in. (11.5 × 14.1 × 3.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.128. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.16.128_view01.jpg)