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Bowl in the form of a bird

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Potters used a type of highly polished red Nile clay to create lively and appealing vessels incorporating human or animal elements. Here, a semicircular bowl takes the form of a bird. The modeled head of a duck extends gracefully from one side of the bowl, while the body approximates the shape...

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From el-Mahasna, Tomb H. 39. 1908-09, excavated by Edward R. Ayrton and W. L. S. Loat for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund by the government of Egypt; given to the MFA by the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession Date: October 1, 1909)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada I–II, 3850–3300 B.C.

Object Place for Label


el-Mahasna, Egypt


Height x width x length: 5.5 x 11 x 15.7 cm (2 3/16 x 4 5/16 x 6 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Pottery: Nile silt clay


The Ancient World