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.
Size: H. 13.2 cm, W. 13 cm
Culture: Egyptian, Late Period, 664-332 BC
Condition: Fine condition. Edges of the mold chipped.
Provenance: Swiss private collection, acquired 2001 from Archea Ancient Art, Amsterdam (copy of the invoice joined). Thence art market Zurich, March 2014 sale.
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- Moule, plaque Benu-Bird
- Siècle/ Période
- Egyptian, Late Period, 664-332 BC
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