Egyptian amulet of the Ba bird

Egyptian amulet of the Ba bird

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Faience: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1460108

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The human headed falcon modelled in stylised fashion with a piercing for suspension at chest height through to the back. Standing on an integral plinth.

Circa 4th-1st century BC.

Very Fine condition
Height 1.8 cms (0.7 ins)

The ba is an aspect of a person's non-physical being. After death, the ba was able to travel out from the tomb, but it had to periodically return to the tomb and be reunited with the mummy. The ba was usually represented as a bird with a human head, and sometimes with human arms.

Literature: Page 68; Amulets of Ancient Egypt; Carol Andrews.