Bird

Greek
Geometric Period
about 700 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 011; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117-118 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

64.1460

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund