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LOT 0016

Estimate
GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,500 - 4,670
USD ($) 3,750 - 5,000

Sold for (Inc. bp): £5,980

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PHOENICIAN GOLD MASK
5TH-4TH CENTURY B.C. OR LATER

A life-size pressed, beaten and embossed gold foil male mask with open eyes; accompanied by a custom-made display stand. 6 3/4 in. (8 1/4 in.) (24.86 grams, 17 cm (296 grams total, 21 cm high including stand )). Fine condition.

PROVENANCE:
With Merrin Gallery, New York, USA, from at least 1991.
Private collection of Mr Lewis Cullman, acquired from the above 10th September 1991.
With Colnaghi Gallery, London, UK.
Acquired from the above 6th November 2020.
Accompanied by a copy of the invoice from Merrin Gallery ($97,425.00(3)).
Accompanied by a copy of an Art Loss Register certificate number S00205518, dated 4 February 2021.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate no.11164-187282.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Moscati, S., I Fenici, Milan, 1988, p.354 and p.124; Christie's, 24 April 1978, lot 63A, for a similar mask of the same size dated 2nd century B.C.-1st century A.D; Christie's, 12 April 2022, lot 68 ($107,100) and 69 ($65,250), for similar masks of the same size and dated 6th century B.C.

FOOTNOTES:
It is a life mask rather than a death mask, indicated by the open eyes.