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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 35

    A SUMERIAN LIMESTONE BULL-HEAD PROTOME

    CIRCA MID 3RD MILLENNIUM B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SUMERIAN LIMESTONE BULL-HEAD PROTOME
    CIRCA MID 3RD MILLENNIUM B.C.
    With large, inlaid eyes, the pupils in black chlorite, bone for the sclerae, under three arching grooved brows, the wide triangular snout with a horizontal incision between the nostrils, the now-missing horns separately made and once inserted into the drilled sides of the raised sockets, the now-missing ears made separately and once inserted below, the edge of the neck contoured for attachment, presumably once to a full figure
    3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    European Private Collection, 1985.