About this object

One of two fragments in the form of duck heads which come from the cross members of a folding stool. The beak of each duck is open and the tongue forms the tenon which slots into the mortise of the floor rails. Polished wood with finely inlaid ivory and eye beads. At the base of each neck is an accurately incised wave pattern. The neck of each bird has been sawn through showing clearly the saw marks. The top part of the beak is missing; ivory inlay on the right side; ivory inlay in both eyes.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Household Objects
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    Dynasty 18 (about 1479 BC - 1295 BC)
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    175 mm x 38 mm x 33 mm
  • Note
    Compare with examples in other museums: British Museum EA29284 (Thebes - Tomb of Ani) and EA2477 (Thebes - acquired at the sale of the third Salt Collection in 1835); Manchester Museum 4229 (Gizeh and Rifeh, pl. xxvii B); Royal Ontario Museum 914.2.1; Egyptian Museum Cairo JE62035 (Tutankhamun Carter number 83)
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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