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Limestone Mold for a Benu-Bird Plaque, LP, 664-332 BC

Limestone Mold for a Benu-Bird Plaque, LP, 664-332 BC

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1251929
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Bernhard I. Mller, PhD
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Rectangular mold for the confection of faience plaques of the Benu-bird or Phoenix.
The heron is depicted with a curled crest on the head. The legs are drawn up to the body and the feathers carefully indicated.
Incised keying lines on all short sides of the mold – probably to align the side panels for the cast. The Benu was associated with the sun, creation, and rebirth. The solar bird was thought to be a self-created being which had contributed to the making of the world.
The Greek historian Herodotus may have referred to the Benu as Phoenix.
For similar molds, cf. lots UC30143, UC34694 and UC30144 in the Petrie museum catalogue. For a faience plaque, cf. lot UC71146.
Petrie, William Matthew Flinders. Heliopolis, Kafr Ammar and Shurafa. Cf. molds pl.40?
Egyptian, Late Period, 664-332 BC
H. 13.2 cm
W. 13 cm
Fine condition. Edges of the mold chipped.
Swiss private collection R.A. from Zurich, acquired 2001 from Archea Ancient Art, Amsterdam.

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