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    Sale 2056

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    9 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 61

    A SOUTH ARABIAN BRONZE OIL LAMP

    CIRCA 5TH-4TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A SOUTH ARABIAN BRONZE OIL LAMP
    CIRCA 5TH-4TH CENTURY B.C.
    The bowl tapering toward the nozzle, the flat rim overhanging the interior, on a high foot, knobs projecting from the rim, the arching ribbed handle terminating in a leaping ibex protome, the forelegs raised with a perforation at the right leg, the long ears projecting back, the backward-curving horns with thick ridges, the eyes, brows, nostrils, and mouth incised, hatching on the face and triangles along the neck, the long narrow beard descending along its chest
    10 1/8 in. (25.5 cm.) high


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    For a similar example, now in the British Museum, see no. 167, p. 135, in Simpson, Queen of Sheba, Treasures from Ancient Yemen.

    Provenance

    German Private Collection, 1985.