Egyptian funerary figurine representing a human headed Ba-bird with detailed facial features and nicely painted eyes. The body of the hand-modeled terracotta with remains of bright yellow and an ink design on the chest. The wig and the tag painted blue.
Remains of resin and stucco on the base denote that the figurine may have been attached to a wooden shrine for its magical protection.
The Egyptian idea of the Ba conceives a free-soul capable of independent existence from the body. It thus leaves and reunites with the body at will. The Ba-bird is often depicted hovering over the deceased's mummy as well as leaving or entering the tomb.
For Ba-figures, cf. lots UC45738 and UC45739 in the Petrie museum catalogue.
Egyptian, Ptolemaic period, 323-30 BC
L. 4.5 cm (1.8 in)
H. 3.3 cm (1.3 in)
H. with stand 9.6 cm (3.8 in)
Intact with well-preserved ink design and added yellow and blue paint.
Private collection J. R., Orange County (CA), acquired in the mid 1980s.
Thence US art market.
The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed.