29 April 2010,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 3,500
Estimate GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,500
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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Formerly in an English private collection, 1977.
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