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Ostrich Egg

1991.957 (RS21124)

Description

A large ostrich egg carved in horizontal bands, suggesting a Persian influence. The end of each carved band has a floral motif, then a band of florals alternating with birds in four different poses. Then comes a geometric band. The center band shows a deer-like animal in various poses, that alternates with a serpentine motif. Then it repeats back to the geometric and bird and floral bands to complete.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1800-1850
Location of origin
Africa
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
eggshell (animal material)
glass (material)
glassblowing
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
Aves (class)
Bird
Blown
Carved
carving (processes)
Eggshell
eggshell (animal material)
figure- and animal-derived motifs
Floral
floral patterns
Geometric
geometric patterns
glass (material)
glassblowing
Persian
Persian (culture)
PICTURE, EGG
pictures (two-dimensional representations)
Serpentine
serpentine (shape)
Dimensions
7.5 x 6 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.957
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2732

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