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Male ba Statue [Object of the Day #39]

By: Alyssa Kaminski

Male ba Statue
Male ba Statue

This sandstone statue was made sometime between 100 BCE and 300 CE. He is wearing a fringed robe with several necklaces and armbands. In his hands he carries a staff and a pinecone-shaped object. Over his head is a sundisk and behind him are a pair of large wings.

The Egyptian ba was believed to be an element of the spirit that stayed with the human body after it was deceased. This element was compromised of personality and emotion. Eventually, in the afterlife, the ba would be reunited with the other elements of the deceased’s spirit.

Penn Museum Object #E7005.

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