9 December 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 17,500
Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000
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.
German Private Collection, 1985.
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