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Western Asiatic Large Seated 'Princess' Idol

Antiquities - Western Asiatic


LOT 0316

Estimate
GBP (£) 18,000 - 24,000
EUR (€) 20,550 - 27,390
USD ($) 24,830 - 33,100

Opening Bid: £18,000 (EUR 20,546; USD 24,825)
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WESTERN ASIATIC LARGE SEATED 'PRINCESS' IDOL
Late 3rd millennium BC

A three-part stone idol comprising: D-shaped steatite body with ledge to the front, V-shaped neckline, hatched pattern representing a quilted garment; limestone(?) head and neck with large almond eyes and scaphoid mouth; steatite headpiece representing the figure's hair with fabric binding. 4 kg total, 30-140mm (1 1/4 - 5 1/2"). [3]

Condition
Fine condition. Rare in such a large size.

Provenance
Property of a central London gallery; acquired from a private US collection, formerly in Swiss collection since 1960s; previously with Christie’s New York, 12 June 2002, lot 313.

Literature
For a similar figure missing its turban see no.26 in von Brothmer, ed., Glories of the Past, Ancient Art from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Collection; also see Daems, A. The Iconography of Pre-Islamic Women in Iran, in Iranica Antiqua vol. XCXXVI (2001), fig.69 and discussion there.

Date
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 to Sunday 27 May 2018: Ancient Art, Antiquities & Coins

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