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    Sale 7540

    A House on the Wiltshire Downs

    6 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 66

    THREE BACTRIAN MARBLE CYLINDERS

    2ND MILLENNIUM B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    THREE BACTRIAN MARBLE CYLINDERS
    2ND MILLENNIUM B.C.
    One of red marble with cream inclusions, encircled by a shallow groove; and two others similar, in mottled cream stone and green stone with white veining and black inclusions, both with grooves on top and bottom surfaces
    11¼ in. (28.5 cm.); 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm.); and 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) high respectively (3)


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    It has been suggested that these columns had a ritual significance which has led to them being described as idols. The encircling groove may however support a more quotidian use, a suggestion is that they could have been used as weights.

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    Provenance

    With Jean-Claude Ciancimino prior to 1999.