Ba Bird Amulet

M11441
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 all inlaid with glass, frit or semi-precious stones such as lapis lazuli and turquoise - now only about ten still contain a blue coloured inlay. 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.