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Inlay head of an ibis

Black Glass. Inlaid eye: outer band of red glass and pupil of dark blue glass. Deep modeled groove in beak. Back edge of head chipped. Back of object is flat.


May 1945, probably among the glass fragments said to have been found about 12 miles southeast of Medinet Gurob, Egypt, by Robert Gordon Faudree [see note 1]; sold by Faudree to Horace L. Mayer (b. 1899 - d. 1968), Williamstown, MA [see note 2]; to his widow, Florence Ellen Mayer, Williamstown; 1973, gift of Mrs. Mayer to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1974) NOTES: [1] According to a letter from Faudree of July 6, 1959. [2] First lent by Horace L. Mayer to the MFA in 1962 (loan no. 170.62).

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Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer

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

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The Ancient World