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Egyptian  limestone model trial piece with owl
EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE MODEL TRIAL PIECE WITH OWL

A barn owl facing right, head to front; rev.: the rare depiction of a young lapwing to right on the reverse.

Carved in high relief in fine style. On revolving stand. Small restoration to upper right corner, not affecting birds.
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Late Dynastic-Ptolemaic Period, 712-30 BC

W. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.); H. 2 1/2 in. (6.35 cm.)

Old Paris collection; J.M.E. collection, New York, acquired from J. P. de Serres, Paris, in September 2004.

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Egyptian  limestone model trial piece with owl
The lapwing is a swamp bird. Its hieroglyph signifies “common people” (rekhyt).
See P.F. Houlihan, The Birds of Ancient Egypt, vol. 1 (1986), pp. 93-96.

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