4 June 2008
AN EDOMITE ALABASTER COSMETIC PALETTE
CIRCA 8TH-7TH CENTURY B.C.
Trapezoidal in form, tapering towards the top, the edges of the back and front each with a band of drilled dotted circles, crowned by a projecting bird head, the round lidded eyes inlaid with black stones, with a pointed beak, four ridges extending from the forehead across the crown of the head, four more horizontal ridges across the back of the head, the head perforated horizontally
4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) high
French Private Collection, 1980.
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For similar examples, though with human heads, see no. 138 in Spycket, The Human Form Divine, and no. 107 in Bienkowski, The Art of Jordan.
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