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This fat waterbird has a duck's bill and a broad tail. Unusual little feet, as well as the conventional loop above the back, support the figure. A hole runs through the hollow body, from side to side, and another open area, left just behind the neck in the process of casting, is rectangular....

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By date unknown: Stuart Cary Welch, Jr. Collection; by 1964: consigned by Stuart Cary Welch, Jr. to Origins, 159 Newbury Street, Boston; purchased by MFA from Origins, September 23, 1964

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Greek, Geometric Period, about 700 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 011; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117-118 (additional published references).


Height: 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World