Jar with bird-headed handles - ROM2009_10889_5


Jar with bird-headed handles

Medium:Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Geography: Likely from Egypt
Date: c. 1800-1900 AD
Period: 19th century AD
19.7 x 15.9 cm
Object number: 909.80.156
Not on view

This object is considered to be a reproduction made in the 19th century.It was purchased in Cairo in 1907-1909 by the museum's founder, Charles Trick Currelly.  Currelly purchased vast numbers of artifacts for the new Toronto museum, and most of his purchases have proven to be genuine, but even he was fooled sometimes by a skillful forger. 

This vase is modelled on one now in Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.  That vase is called The Vulture Flask and is dated from the 12th Dynasty of the Middle Kingdom.  It was found in Egypt in 1901, and brought to the Fitzwilliam in 1937.

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