About this artwork
These precious bronze objects are votives, or devotional gifts, which were offered to the gods. They come in many forms. Some are miniature sculptures of animals, primarily horses, deer, and birds. Others are items of personal adornment, including beads and brooches. Many seem once to have been attached to something else. This assemblage is characteristic of the thousands of votives that were hung from sacred trees or placed in sanctuaries around Greece. Once a shrine was full, the votives were ceremonially buried to make room for more offerings.
- Ancient Greek
- Bird on a Knob
- 800 BCE–600 BCE
- 6.8 × 3.4 × 1.9 cm (2 5/8 × 1 3/8 × 3/4 in.)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander