• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 250

    A MESOPOTAMIAN LIMESTONE ELEPHANT

    LATE URUK/JEMDET NASR PERIOD, CIRCA 3400-3000 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MESOPOTAMIAN LIMESTONE ELEPHANT
    LATE URUK/JEMDET NASR PERIOD, CIRCA 3400-3000 B.C.
    Of stylized form, the straight trunk hanging between forelegs, pierced at the top to represent its eyes, the ears carved as spirals, a short tail between its hind legs
    4 in. (10 cm.) long


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    Cf. D. N. Adams et al, When Orpheus Sang, An Ancient Bestiary, Paris, 2004, p. 41, no. 26 for similar.

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    Provenance

    Formerly in an English private collection, 1977.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST