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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 47

    A SCYTHIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT

    CIRCA LATE 6TH-EARLY 5TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A SCYTHIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
    CIRCA LATE 6TH-EARLY 5TH CENTURY B.C.
    The openwork plaque in the form of a coiled quadruped, composed of additional stylized images of quadrupeds, with overlapping and intersecting bodies, one smaller, the three distinct open mouths with voluted lips, the ears ribbed, the curled hind legs in the center, with the leonine paw of each resting on the knee of the other, with a broad horizontal attachment loop on the reverse
    4 in. (10.2 cm.) long


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    For a similar example see no. 61 in Piotrovsky, et al., Scythian Art.

    Provenance

    Swiss Private Collection, 1960s.