Jun 19, 2007
Jun 19, 2007

Flint in the Form of a Bird

Flint in the Form of a Bird

4000–3000 BC

Tan-colored flint

Overall: 5.2 x 5.2 cm (2 1/16 x 2 1/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1995.40


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The exact function of objects like this is unknown; it may have been an amulet or charm.


This flint is ground on one side and ripple-flaked on the other, indicating the date. Nonrepresentational flints were tools and weapons. Representational ones like this, however, were undoubtedly tomb gifts and never used. The type of bird represented is a Guinea fowl or quail. A number of Egyptian flints in this form are known although this one is one of the largest and is of exceptional quality.

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