Ba Bird Statuette
The ba is an aspect of a person’s non-physical being. After death, the ba was able to travel out from the tomb, but it had to periodically return to the tomb and be reunited with the mummy. The bas was usually represented as a bird with a human head, and sometimes with human arms.
The bird is perched on a rectangular base. The human head is covered by a blue tripartite striated wig with a red sun disc on top. A collar was painted on the chest between the front lappets of the wig. The feathers are painted red, the tail feathers blue. The typical leg feathers of a falcon are realistically modeled. Wooden Ba birds were used as decoration for furniture, standards, stele or shrines.
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period, ca. 664-30 BC. Now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.