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Ba Bird Votive - Egyptian Keeper of the Soul - Home Altar Statue

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This Ba, Keeper of the Soul, votive altar statue is hand-crafted from polymer clay and then hand-painted using acrylic paints overlaid with ground, natural pigments. It's design is inspired by the collection of humble Ba statues found within the collection of the Rosicrucian Egyptian museum in San Jose, California..

Most all of my statues are styled after traditional votive statues of Ancient Egypt. That is to say, NOT the gilded golden idols of kings and queens but the statues of everyday life. Humble prayer and offering statues. Home altars and handmade with simplicity.

In many late texts and imagery of the Ancient Egypt dynasties, the Ba is represented as a bird, often it is shown to have the head of a person.

The ba votive statues can be used to honor the memory of anyone who has passed in your life or to represent either the way one wishes to be honored or of the way we wish to honor ourselves and those around us in our daily lives.

This statue measures 4 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide and and 2 1/4 inches high.


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The ancient Egyptians believed that there were a number of different components that made up an individual, such as the ka, which we interpret as meaning "life force", the shadow, and even a persons name, among others.

The ba was another, which we believe to have a meaning somewhat similar to the western concept of the soul, though not altogether the same. The Pyramid Texts of the Old Kingdom are the earliest textual source for the concept of the ba.

One difference is that the ba appears to have been understood from the point of view of an observer rather than that of the individual with whom it was associated.

It personified the impression that individuals make on the world around them or their effect on others, so in a way, it also relates to the individual's personality.

Though the ba seems to have been essentially nonphysical, it nevertheless could be viewed as a separate physical mode of existence for its owner, even prior to death. Hence, the sun could be viewed as the ba of Re, or the Apis bull as the ba of Osiris. In the Late Period, even sacred writings were often referred to as the "bas of Re." In fact, one god could even be viewed as being the ba of another.

Frequently asked questions about shadowofthesphinx

My pieces are created using polymer clay and metallic pigments with a reactive patina. Depending on the individual design, they can be fragile. Amulets should be worn with care. If the amulet gets wet or lays against your skin, the patina will likely turn darker in coloring as it reacts to oils or water. Over time, the patina will darken slightly with handling or exposure to dampness or moisture. Smoke from smudging or a blessing ritual will not harm them.

The knotted cords on the amulets are double slip knots to allow for sizing by slinging the knots along the cord. Should they loosen or come undone they are easily tied again. Convo me if you need instructions on doing so! :)
I accept custom requests for any type of altar piece or statue/icon/amulet. I do not take on every request. Sometimes I am unable to create the requested piece due to any number of reasons pertaining to my own ability to sculpt a certain figure or form. Therefore, accepting a commission or order does not guarantee I will be able to create it. This is why I do not take downpayments on these requests. IF I can create your piece, and you are totally happy with it, then I create the listing for payment at that time. I have a steady stream of work that is deadline based so custom pieces, while I will always try to complete them in the stated time frame, that time frame is subject to delays. :)
I make most of my statues in a variety of sizes ranging from mini 2" / 5cm up to 10" / 25cm in height. Pricing is not as easy to scale. Since it takes the same amount of time to sculpt a 9 inch figure as it does a 6 inch figure, there is only a small difference in the prices. When we get under 5 inches, ratio becomes harder to impart. As statues get larger, they require more clay and detailing time which adds to the expense. And, of course, shipping costs and customs fees on your end may increase along with that as well.
All my pieces are packaged with every consideration to safe travels. That's said, breakage does occur on statues rarely but every now and then. I guarantee all shipping and will gladly repair or replace broken items.

OUTSDE THE US -please be aware of your country/regions import tariffs and taxes. There is a customs/import charge for merchandise and sometimes a charge for handling/delivery of a package to you in many countries.

Ba Bird Votive - Egyptian Keeper of the Soul - Home Altar Statue


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  • Materials: polymer clay, acrylic paint, natural pigment
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