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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 50

    A PARTHIAN SILVER INCENSE BURNER

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PARTHIAN SILVER INCENSE BURNER
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    The handle in the form of a panther, its elongated body extended, its tail wrapped around its right hind leg, wearing a garland of grape leaves, the ties falling from between its shoulders along its flanks, details of the fur incised, the exaggerated face with pointed ears and a wide open mouth, the tongue lolling between fangs, the forelegs riveted to the disk rim of the shallow bowl, supported by two feline legs, tangs below
    9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) long


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    For a vessel handle with a similar feline see no. 8, p. 91 in Gunter and Jett, Ancient Iranian Metalwork in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the current owner circa 1980.


    Saleroom Notice

    This lot may not be exported out of the United States without first receiving an export license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A NORTH CAROLINA PRIVATE COLLECTOR