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 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.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • 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 ( Collector, previous owner)

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    Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela
    Publisher: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Date: 1995
    Description: A 130 page illustrated book that focuses on the Egyptian antiquities in World Museum's collections to provide a colourful introduction to the land and its culture in the Pharaonic period. An appendix explains the history of the collection and includes information about the Lady Lever Art Gallery Egyptian collection, which is also part of National Museums Liverpool.


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

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