3 June 2009,
Price realised USD 25,000
USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
A SUMERIAN LIMESTONE BULL-HEAD PROTOME
CIRCA MID 3RD MILLENNIUM B.C.
With large, inlaid eyes, the pupils in black chlorite, bone for the sclerae, under three arching grooved brows, the wide triangular snout with a horizontal incision between the nostrils, the now-missing horns separately made and once inserted into the drilled sides of the raised sockets, the now-missing ears made separately and once inserted below, the edge of the neck contoured for attachment, presumably once to a full figure
3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high
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European Private Collection, 1985.
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