Vase in the Shape of a Duck

Egyptian3rd-2nd century BC (Greco-Roman)

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

Egyptian faience is a composite material composed of ground quartz and natron (sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate). Most faience is glazed in a vivid blue or green color; the polychrome faience seen here is much more complicated to produce. The duck was mold-made together with the remains of its ring handle on the bird's left side. The surface of the body displays a raised dot pattern, while the end of the wings have a feather pattern. The form may have been inspired by the red-figure duck vases of Etruria and south Italy. The duck is depicted with such detailed naturalism that the underside even has delicately modeled webbed feet.


  • Title: Vase in the Shape of a Duck
  • Date Created: 3rd-2nd century BC (Greco-Roman)
  • Physical Dimensions: w18 x h8.5 x d7.95 cm
  • Type: vases
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1926, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: faience with polychrome glaze
  • Provenance: Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1926, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Alexandria, Egypt (?)
  • ExhibitionHistory: From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989; Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001
  • Artist: Egyptian

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