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Incised duck pin

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This silver pin is incised with linear designs and ducks and has a curved finial. The shape may represent a female fertility figure.


By 1993, Ronald and Noele Mele, Mele Gallery, New York; 1993, sold by the Mele Gallery to the MFA. (Accession date: January 27, 1993) (Accession date: January 27, 1993)

Credit Line

Alice M. Bartlett Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian, Achaemenid?, Early first millennium B.C.


Height x width x depth: 14.8 x 5.3 x 0.3 cm (5 13/16 x 2 1/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment