Limestone Owl

UnknownLate Period, 664-150 BC

Oriental Institute Museum

Oriental Institute Museum
Chicago, United States

This is a limestone sculpture, possibly an artist's model, shows remarkable skill in depicting the details of an owl's face. As a hieroglyph, the owl was used to write the letter "m" in Egyptian.


  • Title: Limestone Owl
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Late Period, 664-150 BC
  • Physical Location: Chicago, IL
  • Location Created: Saqqara, Egypt
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 10.8 x L: 10.5 x W: 6.3 cm
  • Provenance: Purchased by J. Pullen, 1948
  • Type: Statue, Animal
  • Rights: © Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
  • External Link: Oriental Institute, OIM E17972, D. 17981
  • Medium: Limestone
  • Photographer: Anna R. Ressman
  • Photograph Registration Number: D. 17981
  • Object Registration Number: OIM E17972

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