16 December 2005
This lot is offered without a reserve
A URARTIAN BRONZE BULL-HEAD PROTOME
CIRCA 8TH-7TH CENTURY B.C.
Hollow cast, the stylized head with deep eye sockets, perhaps originally inlaid, a tuft of hair between the budding horns, a scrolling band around its neck, the bands at the bottom of the neck perhaps facilitating the attachment
3½ in. (8.9 cm.) high
Private Collection, Geneva.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1989.
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The object appears to have served as a decorative finial, perhaps ornamenting part of a chariot (compare pl. 107 in Piotrovsky, The Ancient Civilization of Urartu: An Archaeological Adventure).
This lot is offered without reserve.
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