London, South Kensington
26 April 2012
AN EGYPTIAN MOSAIC GLASS WATER FOWL INLAY
PTOLEMAIC-ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
Possibly a snipe, the head turned backwards with long brown beak, red and yellow, then blue and white, then green and red imbricated covert feathers, with green and yellow fan tail, preening its left wing, red, dark brown and green flight feathers, with yellow underbelly and red striped feet on green base line, in translucent grey-blue matrix
1 in. x 13/16 in. (2.5 cm. x 2.1 cm.)
The Groppi Collection, Switzerland; acquired in the 1920s-1940s.
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Antikensmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig und Museum August Kestner Hannover, Köstlichkeiten aus Kairo!, 2008, no. 28b.
Exhibition catalogue, Köstlichkeiten aus Kairo!, Antikensmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig und Museum August Kestner Hannover, 2008, p. 78, no. 28b.
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