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Intaglio with Two Birds
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Intaglio with Two Birds

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Description This small intaglio depicts two birds, one of which sits on a basket-like nest. Based on similar examples, it appears to have been created in a Greco-Roman workshop and then imported into South Arabia by a traveler, trader, or other agent. It is likely that the intaglio had an amuletic as well as ornamental function.
  • Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008.
Provenance Ahmed [local art dealer], Ta'izz, Yemen; Giraud and Carolyn Foster, Baltimore, 1961, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2007, by gift.
Credit Gift of Giraud and Carolyn Foster, 2007

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1st century CE
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H: 1/2 x W: 5/16 x D: 1/16 in. (1.2 x 0.8 x 0.2 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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