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Handle with Land and Water Birds
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Handle with Land and Water Birds

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Description This handle of a knife or other implement is decorated with deeply incised birds. Four appear on each side: on the convex front, a duck, a swallow, and two wading birds; on the flat back, two songbirds, a grouse, and a duck. They are divided by highly stylized plants, including papyrus. The top is incised with a star. The handle, stained brown, is drilled for a circular tang, and has a large chip at the opening. It has been broken in half and repaired.
  • The Carver's Art: Medieval Sculpture in Ivory, Bone and Horn. Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick. 1989.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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5th-6th century
stained fossilized bone
(Ivory & Bone)
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H: 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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