6 March 2008,
Price realised GBP 2,750
GBP 2,000 - GBP 4,000
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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