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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 197

    A MORAVIAN GILT BRONZE ORNAMENT

    CIRCA 9TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A MORAVIAN GILT BRONZE ORNAMENT
    CIRCA 9TH CENTURY A.D.
    In the form of a head of a boar in profile to the left, the stylized head with a flat muzzle, the rounded lower lip with a tusk protruding, with a large convex eye, the ear overlapping a fringe of fur, embellished with a foliate pattern outlined by stippling, the surface gilt, with two perforations, one preserving a rivet
    3½ in. (8.9 cm.) long


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    For a similar example see pl. 81 in Dekan, Moravia Magna, The Great Moravian Empire.

    Provenance

    Swiss Private Collection, 1960s.