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Head of a vulture

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Solid gold head of a vulture with finely chased decoration, including whorls on the cheeks. Tang for attachment, perhaps to a diadem.


May 1945, said to have been found about 12 miles southeast of Medinet Gurob, Egypt, by Robert Gordon Faudree [see note 1]; 1959, sold by Faudree to Horace L. Mayer (b. 1899 - d. 1968), Williamstown, MA [see note 2]; to his widow, Florence Ellen Mayer, Williamstown; 1971, gift of Mrs. Mayer to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1972) NOTES: [1] According to a letter from Faudree of July 6, 1959. [2] First lent by Horace L. Mayer to the MFA on October 30, 1959 (loan no. 50.59).

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer

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

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Object Place

said to be from Medinet Gurob, Egypt


Height x width x depth: 2.5 x .8 x 2.0 cm (1 x 5/16 x 13/16 in.)

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The Ancient World