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    Sale 7659

    Antiquities

    13 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 141

    A CAUCASIAN BRONZE AXE-HEAD

    KOBAN CULTURE, CIRCA 9TH-8TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A CAUCASIAN BRONZE AXE-HEAD
    KOBAN CULTURE, CIRCA 9TH-8TH CENTURY B.C.
    With elliptical shaft-hole and crescentic blade decorated on one side with a stippled standing horse conjoined with three horse heads, the other side with four stipppled horse heads in a wave pattern
    6¼ in. (16 cm.) long


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    Cf. D. Collon, Ancient Near Eastern Art, The British Museum, London, 1995, p. 175, pl. 140; In Pursuit of the Absolute: Art of the Ancient World from the George Ortiz Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1994, no. 211; and Avant les Scythes: prehistoire de l'art en U.R.S.S., Grand Palais, Paris, 1979, pp. 152, 158, 174-175, 194-195, nos. 143, 165 and 209-211 for similar axe-heads.

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    Provenance

    Formerly in an American private collection, mid-1990s.
    French private collection.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A FRENCH PRIVATE COLLECTION