Head of a vulture

Egyptian
Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
305–30 B.C.


Object Place: Egypt, said to be from Medinet Gurob

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 2.5 x .8 x 2.0 cm (1 x 5/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.748

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Solid gold head of a vulture with finely chased decoration, including whorls on the cheeks. Tang for attachment, perhaps to a diadem.

Provenance

May 1945, said to have been found about 12 miles southeast of Medinet Gurob, Egypt, by Robert Gordon Faudree [see note 1]; 1959, sold by Faudree to Horace L. Mayer (b. 1899 - d. 1968), Williamstown, MA [see note 2]; to his widow, Florence Ellen Mayer, Williamstown; 1971, year-end gift of Mrs. Mayer to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1972)

NOTES:
[1] According to a letter from Faudree of July 6, 1959. [2] First lent by Horace L. Mayer to the MFA on October 30, 1959 (loan no. 50.59).

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer