DescriptionGold Man Wearing Bird Mask
Ça 700-1100 AD
Lost wax cast gold
4.125 x 3.9". The depth of the head and beak is 1.375". Weight 123.4 grams, fully 4 1/3 ounces.
The figure wears the mask of a water bird. Crocodiles project from the sides of the mask. The bird's broad wings have serpent heads at their ends and a long twisted bicephalous serpent marks the bottom. The bird's head and body are cast while the wings, bottom flange, and band behind the ankles are finished by hammering. The composition is completed by more serpent and bird imagery. A wing was broken and professionally repaired. The repair is virtually invisible.
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