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. Charles Gatty, who curated the collection in the 1870s described the bird as a plover or heron (possibly the young of the Nycticorax Griseus). Also on the record card is a note that it is a bennu bird. Sams Collection no. 176.