Mould card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum



Currently not on display


Limestone figure-mould, square shaped and incised with a representation of a bennu-bird, a sacred bird associated with regeneration and the cults of the sun-gods Atum and Ra. The mould was probably used in the manufacture of Egyptian faience decorative inlays. Cracked along the back and glued. Chipped in places with a chip just above the representation of a bird. H.P. 508 (i.e., Wellcome's inventory number of objects purchased at the Hilton Price sale. Purchased at Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 12-20 July 1911 (Hilton Price collection) lot 252 (1 of 8): “A stone mould, with figure of the ‘Bennu’ bird of Heliopolis; and a pair of stone Moulds, with similar designs; from Bubastis; (3548, 4015)”. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Previous repair, chipped, around break edges, areas of loss, chipped surface, surface dirt, label adhered to surface.