29 April 2010,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 5,000
Estimate GBP 5,000 - GBP 7,000
AN ACHAEMENID GOLD AND CLOISONNÉ BUTTON
CIRCA 6TH-4TH CENTURY B.C.
The domed disc with zigzag border surrounding seven roundels each with the bust of the god Ahura Mazda, turquoise, lapis lazuli and cornelian inlays remaining, attachment loop at the back
¾ in. (2 cm.) diam.
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Cf. P. Harder et al. (ed.), Exhibition catalogue, The Royal City of Susa, Ancient Near Eastern Treasures in the Louvre, New York, 1992, p. 251, no. 179 for an almost identical pair of buttons.
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