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Ancient Ban Chiang Pottery Votive / Toy - Bird Form

Southeast Asia, Thailand, Ban Chiang culture, ca. 1st millennium BCE. A hand-modeled, seated bird, charmingly chubby, as if drawing its feathers up to keep warm. Two small wings project from its sides; its tail is pointed, symmetrical in form with its small pointed beak and head. Two pressed holes form the eyes. The figure is made from rough clay, with lightly incised lines on the back giving the impression of feathers. This may have been a child's toy or a votive given as offering, perhaps representing food. Size: 2.75" W x 3.9" H (7 cm x 9.9 cm)

Condition: One wing is lost. Form is very clear.

Provenance: private Rochester, Michigan, USA collection

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