About this object

Amulet of a falcon with human head representing the Ba. The outline was first cut from a piece of gold foil, onto, which small strips of gold were soldered giving the shape of the body and the separate feathers, which were once inlaid with semi-precious stones such as lapis lazuli and turquoise. The embossed underside of the Ba-bird, made of gold foil, has been soldered to the underneath. The upper surface of the head is hemispherical, made of embossed metal and set in. On the underside near the wing tips are two suspension loops made of thin strips of metal which have been cut and bent to shape.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 332 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    30 mm x 48 mm x 4 mm
  • Note
    Once thought to be Late Dynasty 18 (about 1390-1295 BC) but more likley to be Late Period, especially when compared with KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM 5109.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner)

Where is this object from?

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  • Catalogue of the MacGregor Collection of Egyptian Antiquities (Sotheby's 26 June - 6 July 1922)

    Newberry, Percy

    Author: Newberry, Percy
    Publisher: Sotheby's
    Date: 1922
    Description: Professor Percy Newberry was very familiar with MacGregor's collection and produced the text for Sotheby's catalogue. There is useful detail, such as where the objects were collected and some photographs.


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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