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.
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.
Egyptian, Late Period, 664-332 BC
H. 13.2 cm (5.2 in)
W. 13 cm (5.1 in)
Fine condition. Edges of the mold chipped.
Swiss private collection, acquired 2001 in the Dutch art market (copy of the invoice joined).
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.