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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 82

    AN EDOMITE ALABASTER COSMETIC PALETTE

    CIRCA 8TH-7TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

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    AN EDOMITE ALABASTER COSMETIC PALETTE
    CIRCA 8TH-7TH CENTURY B.C.
    Trapezoidal in form, tapering towards the top, the edges of the back and front each with a band of drilled dotted circles, crowned by a projecting bird head, the round lidded eyes inlaid with black stones, with a pointed beak, four ridges extending from the forehead across the crown of the head, four more horizontal ridges across the back of the head, the head perforated horizontally
    4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) high


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    For similar examples, though with human heads, see no. 138 in Spycket, The Human Form Divine, and no. 107 in Bienkowski, The Art of Jordan.

    Provenance

    French Private Collection, 1980.