Ritual object with eleven birds on a wheel

Greek
Late Geometric Period
750–700 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Height: 6.50 cm (2 9/16 in.); diameter: 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

28.49

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Iynx-wheel. Eleven iynx birds (wry-necks) with folded wings are seated on the rim of a four-spoked wheel. One bird is restored. Linear geometric designs on upper and lower parts of the wheel. On the underside, two groups of ten and twelve apotropaic eyes (leaves), cross-hatching cross-hatched triangles, and checker-board.

Provenance

By date unknown: according to MFA archival card: from Phaleron; by 1928: with Seltman; purchased by MFA from Seltman, March 1, 1928, for $ 463.30

Credit Line

John Michael Rodocanachi Fund