• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 45

    A PAIR OF MESOPOTAMIAN LIMESTONE AND BLACK STONE EYE INLAYS

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

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF MESOPOTAMIAN LIMESTONE AND BLACK STONE EYE INLAYS
    SYRIAN, EARLY DYNASTIC, CIRCA 2550-2250 B.C.
    Once inlaid into a composite figure, the thick dark stone lids naturalistically carved, tapering at the inner canthi and outer corners, bevelled on the interior to conform to the limestone sclerae that are hollowed to receive the black stone pupils; perforations on the reverse for attachment
    2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) and 2¾ in. (7 cm.) wide (2)


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    Provenance

    Geneva Private Collection, 1980s.