Seller: hix.antiquitatis (698) 100%, Location: New York, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 282083898558 Egyptian Faience Ba Bird Amulet An ancient Egyptian light green faience amulet of a human-headed falcon, the Ba Bird. Late Period, 700-30 BC. Height: 19 mm. The ancient Egyptians believed that each individual was comprised of five distinct aspects. Among these was the Ba, corresponding roughly to our notion of personality. In order for the physical body of the deceased to survive, it was necessary that it be able to reunite with its Ba in the form of a bird. A figure of the Ba was often placed upon the chest of the mummy. This funerary practice was epecially prevalent in the Late Dynastic and Ptolemaic Periods.Confer: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 67-68.Formerly in the M. Carvin collection, (Vienna & New York), acquired prior to 1970. #3455GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC AND AS DESCRIBEDHIXENBAUGH ANCIENT ART, NEW YORKMember: Appraisers Association of America (AAA) Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) Confederation Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d'Art (CINOA)See our 'about me' page for our credentials and expertise. All antiquities we handle are authentic and legally acquired. Every piece is accompanied by a complete description with photo and signed guarantee of authenticity. See our web site for more examples of fine ancient art.