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Limestone pair statue of Bau and Baru seated on cube-like chair; Bau (male figure) wearing short curly wig, broad collar, and knee-length kilt sits with hands in lap, right hand holding handkerchief and left palm open; Baru (female figure) wearing full wig, broad collar, and tightly-fitting white sheath dress sits with left hand flat on lap and right arm around her husband's waist; chair painted pink in imitation of granite.

Details

  • ID
    MFAB_06.1885
  • Department
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Classification
    Sculpture
  • Findspot
    Mastaba G 2009, serdab
  • Material
    Limestone
  • Dimensions
    Height: 35.5 cm (14 in.)
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Object Ownership Information
    MFA
  • Period
    Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
  • Date of Register Entry
    about 2465–2323 B.C.
  • Owner
    Baru (in G 2009)
    Bau (in G 2009)
  • Notes
    This object was excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, but was not recorded in any object register book. 1905-1906: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1906: assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: November 8, 1906)
  • Remarks
    Object not registered (no registration records for 1903-1904-1905-1906).

Tombs and Monuments 1

  • G 2009

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Published Documents 1

Full Bibliography

  • Bates, O. "Sculptures from the Excavations at Giza, 1905-1906." Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 5, No. 26 (1907), p. 21.

    D'Auria, Sue, Peter Lacovara, and Catharine H. Roehrig. Mummies & Magic: The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1988, pp. 89-90, cat. 18.

    Fischer, Henry G. "An Elusive Shape within the Fisted Hands of Egyptian Statues." Metropolitan Museum Journal 10 (1975), p. 13.

    Fischer, Henry George. Varia. Egyptian Studies 1. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1976, p. 72, n. 24.

    Smith, William Stevenson. A History of Egyptian Sculpture and Painting in the Old Kingdom. London: Oxford University Press, 1946, p. 69.

Photos 42

People 2

Ancient People

  • Baru (in G 2009)

    • Type Owner
    • Remarks Wife of Bau. Limestone seated pair statue (MFA 06.1885) inscribed for Bau and his wife Baru; Baru identified as [Hm-nTr Nt wpt wAwt xntj-S] priestess of Neith Opener-of-the-Ways, palace attendant; found in situ in G 2009 serdab.
  • Bau (in G 2009)

    • Type Owner
    • Remarks Limestone seated pair statue (MFA 06.1885) inscribed for Bau and his wife Baru; Bau identified as [xntj-S] palace attendant; found in situ in G 2009 serdab.