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A rare Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Bird vessel, Naqada II Period, ca. 3400 - 3200 BCE

ET003-PB

constructed from Nile silt clay, the bulbous body with small outstretched wings, long flat tail and small hole at the top, the pouring spout formed in the shape of the neck and head with applied eyes.  A rare and important example.

For similar examples see Petrie, WMF “Prehistoric Egypt” (1921) plate XXIV 1 - 10.

Dimensions: Height: 8.9 cm ( 3 3/8 inches),  Length: 20.9 cm ( 8 1/4  inches)

Condition: Losses to both wing tips, salt buildup primarily around the spout, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.   Custom mounted.

Provenance: Dr. Ulrich Muller private collection, Switzerland acquired between 1968-1978 thereafter private Virginia collection from 2009.  The base records various early collection numbers:  N5771 & P300 in white pigment, and N243 in black but although researched, this early provenance remains unknown.


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