Hellenistic pottery bird – Canosan, 4th century BC
Hellenistic pottery model of a dove, shown perched with tail down, a hole at the base for mounting, with traces of original pigments remaining. Canosan, South Italian, 4th century BC
chip to beak; tail re-stuck
Provenance: London trade, from the old stock of Dealer M. Ayres, 31 Museum St, London and 187 Drury Lane, London, which closed in 1988, the stock sold at Bonhams, London 2003. Possibly Egyptian due to the heavy red nature of the clay, typical of Egyptian products of the Greek & Roman period.