Set of Six Bronze Age Ostrich Eggs

SKU FF.036
Circa

2700 BC to 2100 BC

Dimensions

5.8″ (14.7cm) high x 4.5″ (11.4cm) wide

Medium

Egg Shell

Origin

Jericho

Gallery Location

UK


 

Throughout antiquity, the ostrich was esteemed as a noble bird, prized for its size, its speed, its feathers and its eggs. The pharaohs of Egypt are depicted hunting the ostrich, and fans made from the tail feathers have been valued because of their unusual size and perfect shape. In the Biblical era, the rare eggs were something turned into offering vessels or lamps for sacred shrines. Who gave these gifts to some unknown god, hoping to win the favor of the deity? These graceful objects act like a key to the past, opening the doors of the imagination.

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