• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 279

    A SABEAN BRONZE MEASURING VESSEL

    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A SABEAN BRONZE MEASURING VESSEL
    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Of cylindrical form, with two braided handles, one vertical, the other horizontal, a raised band around the base, an inscription in relief below the rim reading, "Wahib Raymum and Nimrum, the (two) sons of Garbum Faraiya, citizen in... of B [...], (they dedicating this measure within the two's house)", a second inscription, possibly graffiti, engraved to the right of the vertical handle, a casting flaw at the centre of the base, perhaps plugged in antiquity
    10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm.) diam.; 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm.) high


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    The shape and presence of a raised band around the base suggests that this is a high-status version of the type of measure which was more commonly crafted in wood and held together with metal bands. Cf. S. Simpson, (ed.), Queen of Sheba, Treasures from Ancient Yemen, The British Museum, London, pp. 134-135, no. 166 for similar.

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    Provenance

    Formerly in the collection of Halstead B. Vander Poel, acquired in the 1980s; sold Christie's New York, 8 June 2004, lot 96.