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: Egypt
- 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)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 54.101
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- 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
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)