A sizeable Egyptian bronze and wood standing Ibis
Late Period, 26th Dynasty, circa 600-332 B.C.
The neck and beak, legs and tail feathers in bronze, the body in wood, shown striding forward with its left leg advanced, incised details of the scaling and joints on the clawed feet, legs and tail feathers, the neck curving elegantly, the gullet finely modelled and the long beak gently tapering towards the tip, decorated with incised striations, the eyelids shaped around the inlaid obsidian eyes, the remains of a mummified ibis in the gesso painted body, the two parts of the body held together by the bronze tail which acts as a clasp, tangs extending from the underside of the feet, 17¼in. (44cm.) high and long, the gesso missing and flaking from parts of the body, with a black granite stand and fitted Oriental style cloth box, some wear