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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.

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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