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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 56

    A SUMERIAN WHITE STONE AMULET

    EARLY DYNASTIC III, CIRCA 2500-2300 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SUMERIAN WHITE STONE AMULET
    EARLY DYNASTIC III, CIRCA 2500-2300 B.C.
    The horned head with bull's ears, the eyes deeply recessed for now-missing inlays, with a prominent nose and bulging smiling lips, an incised coiled lock below each ear, pierced vertically for suspension
    1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.) high


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    For a similar example from the collection of Elie Borowski see no. 70, p. 93 in Spycket, The Human Form Divine. According to the author, the type possibly represents the hero Enkidu from the Epic of Gilgamesh.

    Provenance

    Z. Wolloch Collection, 1970s.
    with Fortuna Fine Arts, New York, 1990.
    The Estate of Neil F. Phillips, Esq., Q.C.; Christie's, New York, 18 December 1997, lot 231.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF NEIL AND SHARON PHILLIPS