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LOT 0046

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GBP (£) 1,500 - 2,000
EUR (€) 1,750 - 2,330
USD ($) 1,820 - 2,430

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£1,440 (EUR 1,678; USD 1,748) (+bp*)

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GREEK CORINTHIAN ANTHROPOMORPHIC VESSEL
EARLY 6TH CENTURY B.C.
4 in. (113 grams total, 10 cm including stand).

A terracotta kohl vessel with narrow opening to the top, formed as a squatting comast, depicted naked with painted brown spots to the stomach and pubic area, small exposed genitals; legs pulled tightly against the body, elbows resting on the knees and hands clasped in front of the chest; hair dressed in archaic ringlets with two suspension holes on either side of the neck; the face with prominent nose and full lips, small lentoid eyes; mounted on a custom-made stand.

PROVENANCE:
Acquired 1950s-1970.
Private North American collection.
with Bonhams, London, New Bond Street, 7 July 2016, lot 11.
Property of a private New York, U.S.A. collection.
Accompanied by copies of the relevant Bonhams catalogue pages.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate number no.10621-174178.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Higgins, R., Catalogue of the Terracottas in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, vol II, pp.26-27, figs.1665-1667.

FOOTNOTES:
Comasts were the participants of a ritualistic drunken procession.

CONDITION