Bird and Flower
11 x 6.75 x 3.63
Probably from Egypt 200-500 CE
Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
The deepest carving on this frieze separates the imagery from the background. In comparison the border, which frames the bottom, left, and top right edges, is in shallower relief. A repeated lozenge shape design decorates the left and bottom edges. Black paint remnants act as outlines, highlight the carving, and enhance detail. The top of the piece is thicker compared to the bottom. This angling may indicate an admirer was intended to view the work from below. The left angled top edge and the bottom border show damage. The right side of the work is also broken. This side of the relief possibly connected to the architectural frieze 1982.53.
Frances Kahan is an Art and Art History Major at Colgate University, in the class of 2014.