From the ancient Near East, Syria, ca. 1000 to 800 BC. Delightful terracotta child's toy in the form of a covered cart and horse - each with original four wheels. Entire unit measures 9"L x 4-1/2"H, wheels once applied using wooden dowels which have been lost to age.
Children in ancient Egypt enjoyed playing many games with balls, dolls and toy animals, but wooden horses on wheels were not known until the Graeco-Roman period. The intact bird on wheels is very rare. The holes in the bird's head are probably for strings. Traces of paint remain on the horses. These three toys are among the best preserved objects of their kind from late Roman and Byzantine times in Egypt.