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Terminal Ornament

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

That this finial or ornament belonged to an item of furniture is clear from the elaborate fittings, but both the identity of the original complete object and the exact symbolism of the duck or goose head remain unknown. Both types of fowl had sexual associations. Whatever its significance, the finial is apparently unique. Its fastidious modeling is characteristic of the Ptolemaic Period.

MEDIUM Bronze
  • Place Made: Africa
  • DATES 305-30 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period (probably)
    DIMENSIONS 12 5/8 x 6 5/8 in. (32.1 x 16.8 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 54.101
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Terminal Ornament, 305-30 B.C.E. Bronze, 12 5/8 x 6 5/8 in. (32.1 x 16.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 54.101. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.54.101_wwg8.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.54.101_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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     <em>Terminal Ornament</em>, 305-30 B.C.E. Bronze, 12 5/8 x 6 5/8 in. (32.1 x 16.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 54.101. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.54.101_wwg8.jpg)