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.
Ptolemaic Period (probably)
This item is not on view
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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)
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