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Gilded wooden ba bird: E.95.1937

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Current Location: Gallery 19


Gilded wooden ba bird




Ba bird. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the human soul was made up of different elements. The Ba was closely connected to the personality and after death stayed close to the deceased. The different parts of the soul were reunited in the afterlife to allow the person to carry on 'living'. The ba bird is typically shown as a winged bird with a human head.

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The Ricketts and Shannon Collection. Bequeathed by Charles Shannon, 1937

Measurements and weight

Length: 8.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood


Ptolemaic Period
Circa -0332 - Circa -0030

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carved : Gilded

Identification numbers

Accession number: E.95.1937
Primary reference Number: 53660
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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