About this artwork
Remarkable for its lifelike detail, this plaque depicts a fledgling quail, better known to literate Egyptians as the hieroglyph for the sound w. Plaques like this one that show animals, deities, and royalty were a relatively late addition to the ancient Egyptian artistic repertoire, first appearing around 664 BCE. Their function remains a mystery—they may have been used as sculptors’ models in the training of artists, dedicated in temples as gifts to the gods, or perhaps both.
- Ancient Egyptian
- Plaque Depicting a Quail Chick
- 332 BCE–30 BCE
- 12 × 13.2 × 1.3 cm (4 3/4 × 5 1/4 × 1/2 in.)
- Museum Purchase Fund