about 700 B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 011; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117-118 (additional published references).
Height: 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This fat waterbird has a duck’s bill and a broad tail. Unusual little feet, as well as the conventional loop above the back, support the figure. A hole runs through the hollow body, from side to side, and another open area, left just behind the neck in the process of casting, is rectangular. Crusty green patina.
By date unknown: Stuart Cary Welch, Jr. Collection; by 1964: consigned by Stuart Cary Welch, Jr. to Origins, 159 Newbury Street, Boston; purchased by MFA from Origins, September 23, 1964
Otis Norcross Fund