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Ostrich Egg

1991.960 (RS21123)

Description

A cream colored ostrich egg with bands of incised carving, suggesting Egyptian influence. The carving is in three bands: the top suggests hieroglyphics; the middle shows figures in action hunting, boating, etc. as well as one motif showing three peaks- possibly the pyramids; the bottom band shows a repeated figure wearing a turban.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1800-1850
Location of origin
Africa
Associated Building
Used At Stow-Day House. Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
eggshell (animal material)
glass (material)
glassblowing
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
Blown
Carved
carving (processes)
Eggshell
eggshell (animal material)
Egyptian
Egyptian (ancient)
Egyptian Revival
glass (material)
glassblowing
Hieroglyphics
hieroglyphics
PICTURE, EGG
pictures (two-dimensional representations)
Dimensions
6.5 (H), 5.5 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.960
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
11510

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