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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 78

    A MESOPOTAMIAN LAPIS LAZULI, LIMESTONE AND BLACK STONE EYE INLAY

    SYRIAN, EARLY DYNASTIC, CIRCA 2550-2250 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A MESOPOTAMIAN LAPIS LAZULI, LIMESTONE AND BLACK STONE EYE INLAY
    SYRIAN, EARLY DYNASTIC, CIRCA 2550-2250 B.C.
    From a composite figure, the thick lapis lazuli lid naturalistically carved, tapering at the inner canthus and outer edge, bevelled on the interior to conform to the white stone sclera, the sclera drilled to receive the black stone pupil
    2¾ in. (7 cm.) long


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    The size of this eye indicates that it belonged to a large human or animal composite figure. For a small human face in white limestone preserving similar eye inlays see no. 105 in Aruz, et al., eds., Art of the First Cities, The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus.

    Provenance

    European Private Collection, 1975.