Head of a vulture
Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
Object Place: Egypt, said to be from Medinet Gurob
Height x width x depth: 2.5 x .8 x 2.0 cm (1 x 5/16 x 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)
Solid gold head of a vulture with finely chased decoration, including whorls on the cheeks. Tang for attachment, perhaps to a diadem.
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)
 According to a letter from Faudree of July 6, 1959.  First lent by Horace L. Mayer to the MFA on October 30, 1959 (loan no. 50.59).
Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer