• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 106

    A BACTRIAN GOLD BOSS

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C./A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A BACTRIAN GOLD BOSS
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C./A.D.
    Probably a harness fitting, the domed boss composed of multiple tear-drop, circular and leaf shape cells forming the curled up body of a wolf, his head emerging from one side, jaws open, tail curled behind, turquoise inlays remaining, a long attachment loop fixed on the interior; and a western Eurasian Steppe culture gold semi-circular tubular fitting, decorated in filigree on either side with a recumbent boar, circa 5th Century B.C.
    1 in. (2.5 cm.) and 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.) long respectively (2)


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    Provenance

    Formerly in a European collection, acquired in the 1980s.