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LOT 0052

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GBP (£) 1,500 - 2,000
EUR (€) 1,700 - 2,270
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Large Scythian Mirror with Stag and Feline

5th-4th century BC

A bronze mirror of Scythian-Olbian type comprising a round face with reflective surface; handle with figure of a running stag with large antlers resting on the back; fluted column below with standing feline finial modelled in the round. 842 grams, 34cm (13 1/4"). Very fine condition. Rare.

Provenance
Property of a European businessman; from his private Belgian collection formed in the 1990s; previously in a North American collection formed in Illinois in the 1980s.

Literature
Cf. Trofimova, A. Greeks on the Black Sea: ancient art from the Hermitage, J.Paul Getty Museum, 2007, item 29j; see Leypunskaya, N. A. Olbian-Scythian Trade: Exchange Issues in the Sixth to Fourth Centuries BC, Oxford, 2007, for discussion.

Footnotes
The so-called 'Olbian type' mirror is named after the Greek city Olbia, which appears to have had a dynamic commercial exchange with the Scythian world between the sixth and fourth centuries BC. The Olbian mirrors are recognised as central to this trade network and their origin has been widely discussed by the academic community. It remains disputed whether the mirrors were made by Scythians near the River Dnieper, or whether they were Olbian. Leypunskaya (2007) suggests that Olbian bronzework, including these mirrors, was created for trade with Scythians, drawing on popular animal-style designs to target a Scythian audience.


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The May Fair Hotel London
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Viewing from noon Monday 27th May 2019
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