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LOT 0321

GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,370 - 4,490
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Western Asiatic Marlik Silver Cup with Animals

2nd millennium BC

A silver waisted vessel with flared base and trumpet-shaped mouth, incised guilloche band to the centre above a frieze of three advancing ibexes each with hatched detailing to the neck and flanks, two crescent horns, slender legs with indications of musculature; to the underside, a raised rim and central rosette motif. 39 grams, 10.5cm (4 1/4"). Fine condition, rim chipped.

From the private collection of a North West London lady; previously with a central London gallery; formerly acquired before 1990.
See Amiet, P., Art of the Ancient Near East, New York, 1977; Muscarella, O.W., Bronze and Iron. Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988.
The repoussé rosette within a ring on the underside of the base has parallels in the art of Marlik and Elam, specifically the bitumen-backed silver roundels from Haft Tepe and elsewhere with 'lotus-flower' motifs executed in the same repoussé technique (Muscarella, p.227). The form of a sheet silver cup or vessel with flared ends is found on many items produced in the Marlik cultural area (Amiet, items 534, 536, 538) although the decoration is more often executed in repoussé than engraved.