Waterbird

Greek
Geometric Period
about 750–700 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 009.

Dimensions

Height x length: 2.4 x 2.8 cm (15/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

66.972

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This waterbird has a flat, spoon billl and a flaring tail with serrations to indicate feathers. There are pairs of incised lines behind the head and (V-shaped) just before the tail. Similar pairs of wedge-shaped incisions define the feet.. Green and blackish patina. Votive offering probably connected with the Sanctuary of Zeus at Pherai.

Provenance

By date unknown: Dr. Leo Mildenberg Collection, c/o Bank Leu & Co., A.G., Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland; gift of Dr. Leo Mildenberg to MFA, December 14, 1966

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Leo Mildenberg