Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A SYRIAN BASALT ALTAR
CHALCOLITHIC PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH MILLENNIUM B.C.
Of tapering cylindrical form, the top recessed to form a shallow basin, one side with an anthropomorphic face, with a large beaked nose, small protruding eyes, and knobbed ears
12¼ in. (31.1 cm.) high
Ambassador and Mrs. William Eagleton, Washington D.C., early 1980s.
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