• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 290

    AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE GRIFFIN PROTOME

    CIRCA 6TH-5TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE GRIFFIN PROTOME
    CIRCA 6TH-5TH CENTURY B.C.
    With mouth agape revealing pointed teeth, the face framed by an incised collar, tang for attachment behind; and an Etruscan bronze vessel cover, probably from a thymiaterion, in the form of a male half-figure, with arms upraised, circa 700-650 B.C., both mounted
    2¼ in. (5.7 cm.) and 3 in. (7.5 cm.) high respectively (2)


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    Provenance

    Item one: Formerly in a French private collection; acquired in Paris, March 1987.
    Item two: acquired in Ascona, Switzerland, February 1990.