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Decorated ostrich egg

  • Decorated ostrich egg © Ministerio de Cultura

    Decorated ostrich egg © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Rites, worship and beliefs

Date

700-201 av J.-C.

Cultural background

Punic

Original title

Huevo de avestruz decorado

Ostrich egg, Punic-Iberian context and funerary significance

Ostrich egg open at the top and decorated with plant motifs in red. These eggs have a clear Carthaginian influence and are found all over the Mediterranean. Their appearance is connected with the idea of fertility, the principle of life and of resurrection, with clear religious symbolism, so they are generally found in tombs. This one is from the island of Ibiza.

Details of the work

Origin
Ibiza (Balearic Islands)

Object
Ostrich egg

Dimensions
Height = 160 mm; Maximum diameter = 135 mm

Technique
Painted

Material
Ostrich egg shell

  

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