Throughout antiquity, the ostrich was esteemed
as a noble bird, prized for its size, its speed, its
feathers and its eggs. The pharaohs of Egypt are
depicted hunting the ostrich, and fans made
from the tail feathers have been valued because
of their unusual size and perfect shape. In the
Biblical era, the rare eggs were something turned
into offering vessels or lamps for sacred shrines.
Who gave these gifts to some unknown god,
hoping to win the favor of the deity? These
graceful objects act like a key to the past,
opening the doors of the imagination.