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Leg of a bird figure

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The tips of the three claws in front and one behind are broken off. Nevertheless, the form of a bird's leg is clearly recognizable. The leg was fastened to a base by means of a large metal tenon. From the size of these fragments, we may imagine a bird-like statue with a total height between 50...

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From el-Kurru, surface find between Tombs Ku. 9 and Ku. 23. 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Early Napatan Period, 760 B.C.

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Height x width x depth: 25.5 x 7.5 x 15.5 cm (10 1/16 x 2 15/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World