• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 49

    A BACTRIAN BRONZE STAND

    CIRCA LATE 3RD-EARLY 2ND MILLENNIUM B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A BACTRIAN BRONZE STAND
    CIRCA LATE 3RD-EARLY 2ND MILLENNIUM B.C.
    In the form of a shallow circular pan supported by three nude dwarfs interspersed with cylindrical pillars, on a ring base, each dwarf bandy-legged, standing with his arms raised and supporting the underside of the pan, each with a short fringe of hair at the forehead, long side-locks and a drooping mustache, a suspension loop on either side of the pan
    4½ in. (11.4 cm.) high


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    For similar treatment of the dwarfs' faces compare the seated figure surmounting an axe, no. 102 in Ligabue and Salvatori, eds., Bactria, An Ancient Oasis Civilization from the Sands of Afghanistan. For another figural stand compare lot 238 from Christie's London, 26 April 2006, where figures in loin cloths stand with their arms lowered.

    Provenance

    Joseph Brummer Collection; Parke-Bernet, New York, 20 April 1949, lot 83.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 8 April 1998, lot 74.