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Container in the shape of a trussed duck

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Wooden ointment container in the form of a trussed duck, with its head turned back to touch its shoulder. Vessels of this type were popular in the New Kingdom, and probably served a ritual function.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, 1550–1070 B.C.


H. 13 cm, w. 5 cm, d. 1.8 cm

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The Ancient World