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Bronze cock

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 3rd–1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H.: 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.88.51
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Birds often served as finials for staves or scepters, pieces of furniture or utensils such as incense burners. While this example may have been created to stand alone, it is likely to have embellished a functional object.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Animals in Greek Sculpture: A Survey. pp. 40, 84, fig. 215, pl. LXIII, London: Oxford University Press.

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