13 June 2000
A BACTRIAN BRONZE FEMALE FIGURE
circa 2nd millennium b.c.
The bell-shaped figure hollow cast with a flaring gown, her arms bent below her breasts, her broad features stylized, with a flat plinth on her head falling behind to her shoulders, perhaps representing her hair or a cloth covering, with a circular mortise at the top of her head perhaps for attachment of a crown
36 in. (9 cm) high
Dr. Elie Borowski
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