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Terracotta vase in the form of a bird

Period:
Protocorinthian
Date:
mid-7th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Corinthian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
Compact form, with wings and legs kept close to the body. The feathers are indicated by incisions on the body and wings, by dots on the head and neck and the beginning of the tail. The orifice is concealed by the tail and the legs pierced for the insertion of a string, so the bird could hang upside down, fitting well into the palm of a hand.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1949. "Recent Accessions of Greek Terracotta Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 8(3): p. 92.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 36, 184, pl. 24d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 11, p. 26, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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