Plaque Depicting a Quail Chick

A work made of limestone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone.

Date:

Ptolemaic Period (332–30 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

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 BC. 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.

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Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Plaque Depicting a Quail Chick

Origin

Egypt

Date

332 BC–30 BC

Medium

Limestone

Dimensions

12 × 13.2 × 1.3 cm (4 3/4 × 5 1/4 × 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1920.256

Extended information about this artwork

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